Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan and Commissioner Ian Stewart welcomed 77 new police officers and three police dogs (PDs) to the service after a graduation ceremony was held at the QPS Academy, Oxley campus yesterday afternoon.
Graduating as First Year Constables (FYC), the new officers 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.
Seventeen officers that graduated completed the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) program prior to recruit training. The 10 week preparatory training program aids recruit applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds prepare for mainstream recruit training.
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 19 First Year Constables to the Brisbane Region, 26 to the Central Region, 14 to South Eastern and 18 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 officer 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.
The ceremony also saw the return of 38 officers from the induction group that graduated on March 30. Unfortunately due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the officers where unable to take part in a formal graduation parade and after an informal swearing in ceremony on that date, they were immediately deployed to support the community.
The QPS also welcomed three new PDs to its ranks as part of the ceremony yesterday.
Police Dog Brocky and his handler Senior Constable Matt Mayo will perform as a general duties police dog team at Sunshine Coast District. Police Dog Ziggy and his handler Senior Constable Felipe Peraza will perform as a general duties police dog team in Cairns. Police Dog Rocket and his handler Senior Constable Rob Stephenson will perform duties as a general duties police dog team in Moreton District.