800 Police Officers Graduate Since January 2015

800 Police Officers Graduate Since January 2015

Queensland Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services Bill Byrne

New Police Set To Hit The Beat Across The State From Today

Victor P Taffa

Queenslanders will see 58 new Police on the beat following the latest round of graduations from the Queensland Police Academy today.

The graduation ceremony was held at the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Academy, Oxley campus attended by Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, the Hon. Bill Byrne and Commissioner of Queensland Police Service Ian Stewart.

Graduating as First Year Constables (FYC), they have completed 25 weeks of intensive training. The Recruit Training program aims to provide recruits with a quality foundation so that they can provide excellent service to the community and ensuring their Policing skills have developed to a level necessary for operational Policing as First Year Constables under supervision.

Minister for Police Bill Byrne welcomed the new recruits to the Queensland Police Service.

“Since the Palaszczuk Government was elected in January 2015 we have now welcomed more than 800 new officers into the Queensland Police Service.” Minister Byrne said.

“Police perform a vital role in the maintenance of law and order, and public safety and on behalf of the communities and Government of Queensland, I am grateful for the 58 First Year Constables who have accepted this responsibility today.”

“Each has sworn that they will maintain integrity, professionalism and accountability when serving and protecting the people of Queensland. Queenslanders should feel confident that these standards will be met.”

“They will assist to create a safe environment for residents and visitors, working in partnership with local communities and other government agencies around Queensland.” Minister Byrne said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring the safety of all Queenslanders and I am confident our new officers here today will assist in keeping our communities safe.”

“First Year Constables breathe new life into the Service with their unique experiences and enthusiasm and I wish them all the best of luck in their new journey.” Minister Byrne said.

Commissioner Stewart congratulated the FYCs on their graduation and announced that they would be positioned in the Brisbane, Central, South Eastern and Southern Regions to commence their career.

“These allocations are based on the resources, needs and requirements of the Service. We have allocated 15 First Year Constables to the Brisbane Region, 20 to the Central Region, 10 to South Eastern and 13 to the Southern Region.” Commissioner Stewart said.

“I remember my induction ceremony well and I hope that this afternoon’s ceremony is a memory that each FYC carries with them throughout a long and successful career within the QPS.”

“The role of a Police officer is like no other responsible for the safety and security of Queensland. There is no doubt that each of these new officers will experience some challenging situations, however there will also be many rewarding and humbling times.”

“I wish luck to every officer in their career and feel confident that they will uphold the QPS standards of excellence and service.” Commissioner Stewart said.