EIGHT pairs of new boots will hit the beat on Monday after the latest round of recruits graduated from the state’s police academy.
Six new probationary constables will be deployed to the New England Police District while two new graduates will start their policing careers in Oxley.
The eight are part of the latest class of 257 officers that were marched out of the Goulburn academy on Friday.
In New England, Moree will secure three of the new recruits, while Inverell, Glen Innes and Armidale will gain one each.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the latest allocation would boost the total number of probationary constables to 26 that had been posted to the New England in the last two years.
“I would like to welcome our newest officers to the region and extend our gratitude to them for devoting their careers to such an honourable cause,” Mr Marshall said.
“I know the qualifications our officers have completed at the Police Academy, together with the on-the-job training they will undertake at the Moree Police Station will ensure they are more than adequately prepared to step into this important role.
“Policing can be an extremely challenging profession and our officers encounter the best and the worst of humanity in the line of duty, so I’m very pleased that our community will benefit from the enthusiasm of these officers starting their career on the beat.”
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said since he was installed as the state member 53 probationary constables had been posted to the Oxley district.
“Becoming a sworn police officer is a tremendous honour. The mere presence of a blue uniform puts our minds at ease however it also comes with enormous challenges,” he said.
“As a community, we turn to the police in our worst hour and expect them to stand in harm’s way to prevent and disrupt criminal activity.
“I’m always thinking of ways we can do better for our communities and I’ve been working hard to get the message to my colleagues.
“Next week I’ll be in Gunnedah to welcome the Police Minister Troy Grant who will be opening the $8.2 million new police station.”