Yesterday the Queensland Police Service Academy, Oxley campus saw 56 recruits and nine police dogs (PDs) graduate in a ceremony attended by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP and Commissioner 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.
Commissioner Stewart congratulated the FYCs on their graduation and announced that they would commence their careers in the Brisbane, Central, South Eastern and Southern regions.
“These allocations are based on the resources, needs and requirements of the Service. We have allocated seven First Year Constables to the Brisbane Region, 13 to the Central Region, 18 to the South Eastern Region 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 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.”
The QPS also welcomed nine new PDs to its ranks as part of the ceremony.
Joining the Brisbane Dog Squad as General Purpose teams will be PD Icon and his handler Senior Constable Nathan Ross and PD Euko and his handler Senior Constable Chad McLeod. PD Agro and his handler Senior Constable Jeff Wagstaff will perform as a General Purpose team in Toowoomba and PD Zorro and his handler Senior Constable Cain Sims will be stationed in the Moreton District as a General Purpose team.
PD Thor and his handler Sergeant Mark Hester; PD Neptune and his handler Senior Constable Mark Penfold; PD Rad and his handler Senior Constable Christopher Collins; PD Layla and her handler Senior Constable Stuart Sandford; and PD Tiki and her handler Senior Constable Warren Williamson will be stationed in Brisbane as Explosives Ordnance Response Teams.