NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller welcomed 182 new probationary constables in the ranks of the Force in a private attestation ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.
The students of Class 348 were sworn in by Commissioner Fuller during the COVID-Safe ceremony on Friday, August 13.
Class 348 will commence duties from Monday August, 16 which will see them undertake a year of on-the-job training and complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the recruits who are starting their new careers in times of unprecedented challenges
"Congratulations to the men and women of class 348, who graduate today and will join the NSW Police Force when it most needs versatile, adaptable officers," Mr Elliott said.
"The career path you embark on today will test your courage, your resilience and your decision-making.
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"You are joining a police family of more than 17,000; a modern, well-equipped force focused on driving down crime rates and protecting the community.
"The NSW Government will be there, too, to support you and ensure you have world-class training, and the technology and resources you need to best serve the people of NSW."
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller welcomed the new probationary constables acknowledging they're commencing a challenging career at a challenging time.
"The pandemic is impacting many aspects of our lives but as police, we have taken an oath - a promise - to protect and serve the people of this state while exercising the highest level of integrity," he said.
"Despite the challenges ahead, our newest recruits can expect a rewarding career and will have the camaraderie and guidance of their new policing family every step of the way.
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"I hope these officers are as proud to join the NSW Police Force as I am to swear them in. I'm looking forward to seeing them out on the beat."
Education and training commander, Assistant Commissioner Dean Smith, said the restrictions on the ceremony was disappointing for the recruits but didn't lessen the significance of the day.
"While the recruits were unable to share this milestone with their friends and families, it doesn't take anything away from their dedication and commitment over the past eight months to their training and study, which is something they should be very proud of," Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
"I commend the efforts of Class 348 and congratulate them on this achievement - their first official day as a police officer."
A total of 182 recruits were sworn in, with the class comprised of 121 men and 61 women.
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