Commissioner Ian Stewart welcomed 41 new police officers and nine new police dogs (PDs) to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) 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 deliver an 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 41 officers, one is a graduate 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, Northern and South Eastern regions to commence their careers.
“These allocations are based on the resources, needs and requirements of the Service. We have allocated 19 First Year Constables to the Brisbane Region, 10 to the Central Region, four to Northern Region and eight to the South Eastern 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 new FYCs will be initially deployed to the following areas:
North Brisbane District – 9
South Brisbane District – 10
Mackay District – 5
Gladstone District – 1
Sunshine Coast District – 4
Townsville District – 4
South Eastern Region
Logan District – 3
Gold Coast District – 5
The QPS also welcomed nine new PDs to its ranks today as part of the ceremony.
PD Chuck and his handler Sergeant Craig Law and PD Chico and his handler Senior Constable Justyn Mergard will perform as general duties police dog teams at Sunshine Coast.
PD Reaper and his handler Sergeant Jason Austin and PD Condo and his handler Senior Constable Glenn Ayoub will perform as general duties police dog teams at Moreton.
PD Griffin and his handler Senior Constable Jacob Bates will perform as a general duties police dog team at Rockhampton.
PD Cozza and his handler Senior Constable Dave Ray will perform as a general duties police dog team at Logan.
PD Finn and his handler Senior Constable Matthew Dauber will perform as a general duties police dog team at Brisbane, and PD Minka and her handler Senior Constable Jaye Lilley will perform as a drug detection team at Brisbane.
PD Scamp and his handler Sergeant Ian Grigoris will perform as a drug detection team at Maryborough.