Today the Queensland Police Service Academy, Oxley campus saw 89 recruits and eight police dogs (PDs) graduate in an induction ceremony attended by Commissioner Ian Stewart and Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, the Hon. Jo-Ann Miller MP.
Graduating as First Year Constables (FYC), the 89 recruits completed the 25 week Recruit Training Program. The 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.
The FYCs originate from Australia, England, Fiji, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and bring with them life experiences from diverse backgrounds with previous occupations including Fire Fighter, Defence Forces and Custodial Correctional Officer.
Commissioner Stewart congratulated the FYCs on their graduation and announced that they would be positioned in the Brisbane, Central, Northern, South Eastern and Southern Regions to commence their career.
“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,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“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 new FYCs will be initially deployed to the following areas:
- North Brisbane (19)
- South Brisbane (14)
- Bowen (1)
- Gympie (2)
- Mackay (2)
- Maryborough (6)
- Sarina (1)
- Whitsundays (1)
- Cairns (6)
- Innisfail (2)
- Mareeba (2)
- Mount Isa (4)
- Townsville (10)
- Gold Coast (12)
- Logan (3)
- Dalby (2)
- Ipswich (2)
The QPS also welcomed eight PDs who officially joined the ranks today as part of the induction ceremony.
PD Wolf and his handler, Sergeant Jason Austin and PD Moogai and his handler, Senior Constable Glen Ayoub will perform duties for the Moreton Dog Squad. PD Rambo and his handler Sergeant Ian Grigoris will perform duties for the Maryborough Dog Squad.
PD Rebel and his handler, Senior Constable Phil Cowling; PD Onyx and his handler Senior Constable Glenn Arthur; PD Roco and his handler, Senior Constable Stuart Ellison; PD Tyler and his handler, Senior Constable Nathan Ross will perform duties for the Brisbane Dog Squad. PD Rowdy and his handler, Senior Constable Josh Bull will perform duties for the Mount Isa Dog Squad.
You can watch the induction ceremony below: