They’ve been through gruelling training and practiced many dangerous scenarios they they are likely to face once stationed at their bases.
On Friday a total of 257 new probationary constables will be welcomed by NSW Police to its ranks at the Police Academy, Goulburn.
‘Class 335’ includes168 policemen and 89 policewomen who will complete 12 months on-the-job training and study of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University, before being confirmed to the rank of constable.
The students will attest with the rank of probationary constable and report to their new stations for work on December 10.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will be joined by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant, to inspect the new recruits on the parade ground.
Commissioner Fuller says today is a huge milestone for the recruits who have worked extremely hard over the past eight months.
“...They will be tested with new challenges every day,” he said.
“They have already proven themselves physically and academically to reach this point and from Monday they will experience the reward of serving the community as a police officer.
“For the next 12 months they will continue to study and learn what it truly means to wear the uniform at Police Area Commands across the state.”
The ceremony will also see retiring officers including Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis farewelled by colleagues.
Mr Katsogiannis served 38 years with NSW Police. He was selected to lead Strike Force Ennogera, a high-profile investigation into the reprisal attacks emanating from the Cronulla riots.
Most of the new recruits (136) are aged between 21-25.
St George Police Area Command welcome 13 new probationary constables, and Sutherland Shire Police welcome eight.