TWO of the Oxley Police District's newest recruits are preparing to start their careers in Tamworth.
Probationary Constables Joshua Wearne and Bailey Schultz have joined the force, after graduating from the NSW Police Academy in Goulbourn.
Oxley Police Superintendent Kylie Endemi said the duo were joining the Tamworth team as crime rates continued to slide.
"It certainly has been a bit of a challenging time in terms of policing over the past few months and our new recruits are well prepared for that," Superintendent Endemi said.
"We certainly are continuing to still enjoy low rates of crime across our district.
"That has been thanks in part to COVID, but also in part to the fantastic work that our police do here locally.
"I certainly expect our two new recruits to join in on that with our team and continue that valuable work."
Tamworth was a first choice for both the Probationary Constables and 19-year-old Bailey Shultz said he was eager to get his career off to a great start.
"I'm originally from Singleton, which is just down the road, and I wanted to start in the country," he said.
"Tamworth is a big country town, it's well known, so I thought this would be the perfect spot for me."
Goulburn native, Probationary Constable Joshua Wearne, 20, said it was Tamworth's lifestyle that appealed to him the most.
"I didn't want to go anywhere city, being in the country is where I wanted to be," he said.
"Tamworth is a pretty big country location and there is a pretty good country music vibe going around so I thought, you know what, that's for me."
Superintendent Endemi said both recruits would receive top-notch training in Tamworth.
"They began work here on Monday and they will be guided and trained here in Tamworth by our experienced team, right through to the point where they become confirmed constables 12 months down the track."
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the addition of the new recruits was proof of the region's continued growth.
"When you look at our population growth, whether it is hospitals, schools, roads, police and fire stations. You have to match those services.
"Both Josh and Bailey come from country towns and they've come to Tamworth because they know they will benefit from the wisdom and the experience from the team led by Superintendent Endemi.
"Being sworn in as a police officer is a great honour and I applaud these two new recruits for making the brave decision to put the community's safety ahead of their own.
"I am proud to welcome these probationary constables to our region and wish them every success in their policing careers."