THE Gold Coast is about to get a boost in police numbers, with 11 new officers fresh out of the academy set to take up positions in the tourist city.
After completing 25 weeks of intensive training, 82 First Year Constables were sworn into the Queensland Police Service in a graduation ceremony on Thursday.
The officers – 41 men and 41 women – will mostly be deployed to stations across the state’s south.
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Coomera, Nerang and Southport will each receive two First Year Constables, while Broadbeach, Coolagatta, Runaway Bay, Mudgeeraba and Palm Beach will each receive one.
Thirty-three new officers will be stationed in Brisbane, 10 in the Central Region including on the Sunshine Coast, 17 in the Southern Region and 11 in Logan.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said today’s intake would bring a “depth of experience” to the service.
“On behalf of the Palaszczuk Government, I thank them for the life-changing decision they have taken to serve their fellow Queenslanders,” the Minister said.
“Before starting their training they were working in a wide variety of jobs including engineer, graphic design, teacher, intelligence officer, sales, solicitor, accountancy, travel agent, flight attendant, prison officer and scientist.
“Some were born in Queensland but there are others from New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, South Africa, Switzerland, Nepal and China as well as elsewhere in Australia.
“Wherever they started their lives they are Queenslanders now and Queenslanders who will work hard to keep their fellow Queenslanders safe.
“For that they deserve our gratitude and our best wishes for a long and successful career.”
Acting Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the training program had provided the recruits with a quality foundation so they could 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.
“I remember my induction ceremony well and I hope that this morning’s ceremony is a memory that each FYC carries with them throughout a 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 values expected of a police officer in Queensland.”