Record Police Budget, record number of Police Recruits sworn in

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark Ryan

Record Police Budget. Record number of Police Recruits sworn in.

The largest number of police recruits in a decade were sworn in at the Queensland Police Academy as part of the biggest investment in policing in Queensland in 30 years.

Today’s graduation is hot on the heels of the 2022-23 Queensland Budget which included a record investment in health but also in policing with more than $3 billion invested, including $2 million to progress a business case to relocate the Police Academy to the word-class Bob Atkinson Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Training facility at Wacol.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll joined Police Minister Mark Ryan to announce important reforms to Queensland Police Service recruitment as the organisation undertakes one of largest periods of growth in its history.

Minister Ryan commended Queensland’s newest police officers on the important choice they have made to pursue a career in community safety.

“It is clear that Queenslanders, and particularly young Queenslanders, are seeking purpose and meaning in their career, and our newest constables couldn’t be joining the QPS at a better time,” Minister Ryan said.

“The newest constables come from diverse backgrounds which will bring a range of skills to the job to ensure Queenslanders are provided with better policing services.

“I commend all the graduates here today and their commitment to enhancing our great lifestyle by keeping the community safe.”

Commissioner Carroll congratulated the new constables and encouraged all Queenslanders to consider pursuing a career in policing.

“It’s a great job, it can be challenging at times, but it is also extremely rewarding,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“What I’m announcing today is that the QPS is adjusting the recruit applicant age limit to enable more young Queenslanders to kick-start an exciting career in policing.

“Similar to successful recruitment pathways in the past, this change for young people who have a desire and a drive to become a police officer, is really exciting as it allows them to explore a career with the QPS that allows them to give back to their community.

“As a Service, we continue to look for people with diverse backgrounds and from walks of life that reflect the community we serve, and I am excited to see what these young people can bring to our organisation in the future.

“We know that it’s what’s on the inside that makes you a great officer, and those graduating today have what it takes to make a real difference in our communities from Ayr to Albany Creek – just a couple of the fantastic locations they are headed.

“Some exceptional leaders of the QPS began their policing careers at the Academy as young people and are a great example to others who want to make a contribution to community safety.”

There has never been a better time to apply to join the QPS. See if you’re suitable today at PoliceRecruit.com.au.

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