New recruits join Coffs police

POLICE in the Coffs/Clarence and Mid North Coast commands will welcome the arrival of additional officers on Monday.

Coffs/Clarence will get an extra five officers – three at Coffs Harbour and two at Grafton – while the Mid North Coast local area command incorporating the Nambucca Valley will have another two officers.

They are among 711 new recruits welcomed into the Force at an attestation ceremony in Goulburn yesterday.

“As the new recruits take their oath of office they bring vigour and enthusiasm to meet the challenges that lay ahead,” said NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

“I welcome them and wish them well as they embark upon the rewarding career that is policing NSW.

“Our newest probationary constables bring the knowledge, skills and experience to meet the future policing needs of our State.”

Mr Scipione said the new recruits had come from a wide range of backgrounds – some were born overseas including India, Iraq, New Zealand, Croatia and Indonesia.

“Many are from non-English speaking backgrounds with many fluent in a second language including Arabic, Cantonese, Dari, Kurdish and Serbian.

“Eighty of the recruits speak more than 34 different languages, showing that the diversity of our troops matches the diversity of the community we serve.”

Mr Scipione said he was heartened and proud to see 14 indigenous recruits march onto the parade ground yesterday.

“They bring a wealth of cultural knowledge and significantly add to the 330 indigenous people currently employed within the Force.

“Some of the recruits entered the NSW Police Force College straight from school or university study while others left established professional careers and trades.”

The class comprised 182 policewomen and 529 policemen.

As many as 623 probationary constables studied as undergraduate students while 53 probationary constables studied through distance education.

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