NSW Police Force Academy Attestation Ceremony.
NSW Police Force Academy Attestation Ceremony. SUPPLIED

New recruits set to join Coffs/Clarence PD ranks

A TOTAL of 269 new probationary constables have been added to the ranks of the NSW Police today, and Coffs/Clarence Police District has been allocated six of the new recruits.

'Class 338' includes 177 policemen and 92 policewomen who will complete 12 months on-the-job training and study of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

Further north, the Richmond Police District has been allocated eight probationary constables, while the Tweed/Byron Police District will receive four.

The increased allocation comes after the government promised to an extra 1500 police officers across the state, with 450 allocated for this year.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis praised former Grafton detective and now head of the Police Association of NSW Tony King with whom he acted as a conduit to Government to help secure the biggest increase in NSW police numbers in thirty years.

Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell, said the first instalment of new police positions for 2019-2020 will significantly increase the capability of police districts to combat crime.

"Regional policing is at the heart of every local community, and we are thrilled to welcome 57 new recruits to Northern NSW," he said.

"These new probationary constables will bolster the region numbers to record levels, and will instantly make a real difference to their communities.

"After months of training away from their homes and families, this is the first step they will take in their long and fruitful careers with the NSW Police Force."

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis congratulated the new recruits and said he wished them the best for their time in the region.

"I'm delighted to welcome these new recruits to our beautiful region and congratulate them on attesting from the academy after more than eight months of world-class training," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The Nationals in the NSW Government are investing $583 million in 1500 extra police officers over the next four years, the biggest increase in 30 years.

"Our hard working cops are already contributing to the lowest NSW crime rates in 20 years and this boost, on top of the 16 new officers announced in July, proves we are getting our fair share."

The students will attest with the rank of probationary constable and report to their new stations for work on Monday.

Of the probationary constables attesting today, 240 were born in Australia and 29 were born overseas. Their countries of origin include; New Zealand, Wales, India, South Korea, Egypt, United Kingdom and Singapore.

The recruits age statistics include:

  • 31 are aged 19-20
  • 132 are aged 21-25
  • 75 are aged 26-30
  • 15 are aged 31-35
  • 12 are aged 36-40
  • Four aged over 40

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