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Four new constables take up local beats

THEY are the next generation of crimefighters in Coffs/Clarence.

FOUR probationary constables, who were among 271 new officers sworn in at Goulburn last week, have now arrived to begin their duties in the district.

Patrick Farrell, 25, Heidi Kjenslie-Cook, 30, and Adam Gill, 30, will work out of Coffs Harbour, while Todd Fuller, 19, will be based at Grafton.

They will be on probation for the next 12 months and will be assessed operationally during this time. They will also be required to complete academic studies through distance education with Charles Sturt University.

For the first 12 weeks, they will be accompanied out on the road by a field teaching officer under a 'buddy system'.

Chief Inspector Shane Cribb said their first day on the job yesterday would be marked by pride in themselves, and it was also a proud one for their families and friends.

"They've a long way to go. They will have extensive training," he said.

"They have a lot to learn and a lot to know about."


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