Amidst loud cheers and smiles, 269 new probationary constables were welcomed to the ranks at Goulburn's Police Academy on Friday.
Out of these, four will join the Hume Police District.
Class 338 includes 177 policemen and 92 policewomen who will complete 12 months on-the-job training and study of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Stuart University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.
Special guests included NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM, Acting Assistant Commissioner Education and Training, Superintendent Rod Smith APM, Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Mayor Bob Kirk.
NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott MP welcomed the new probationary constables and told them that the community will have "high expectations" from them.
"In my mind, the world of modern policing is all about discretion and flexibility. I would prefer to see justice walking along side the police officer," he said.
"I would like to thank the mothers of the new recruits for bringing up a child that puts the community first."
Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM said integrity was expected from them whether they were on duty or off duty.
"When you walk off the parade ground today, your commitment to the community should be foremost and it must be unwavering," he said.
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"Unfortunately, I can't protect you from the darker side of human behaviour but I certainly can assure your family and friends that you have received the best training, resources and support."
Superintendent Rod Smith said the recruits had arrived "as wide eyed, eager students, anxious but ready to learn."
"Now, you stand here as confident and proud members of the NSW Police Force," he said.
Retiring officers Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins, Detective Superintendent Mark Wright, Superintendent Greg Peters, Detective Chief Inspector Robert Adam and Chief Inspector David Kay were also farewelled after 185 years of combined service.
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