Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart welcomed 40 new police officers to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) after a graduation ceremony was held at the QPS Academy, Oxley campus this evening.
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 deliver on excellent service to the community and ensure their policing skills have developed to a level necessary for operational policing as First Year Constables under supervision.
Of the 40 expected inductees, 16 recruits are graduates of the second Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Recruit Preparatory Program. This is a 10 week preparatory training program targeting recruit applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to prepare them for mainstream recruit training. This 10 week program is undertaken prior to commencement of the mainstream Recruit Training Program.
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 18 First Year Constables to the Brisbane Region, six to the Central Region, six 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 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.
You can view the induction ceremony here.
The new FYCs will be initially deployed to the following areas:
South Eastern Region
Gold Coast District
North Brisbane District
South Brisbane District