By 2023, you'll be able to take in both the NSW Police Academy as well as the new Goulburn Police Station in one sweeping view, and the first step in that direction was taken today with a sod-turning on site.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman were all on hand for the occasion.
Mr Elliot said the $25 million facility was good not only for local police, but for the community as well.
"For 189 years, Goulburn has had a police station," Mr Elliot said.
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"This new station will be a lot different to what the people of Goulburn enjoyed in 1832.
"When I often sit back and reflect on the history of the organisation, you can only assume that if those officers posted here all those years ago saw what NSW police do, the capabilities they have, the technology available and the facilities they have, they would be amazed.
Mr Elliot said it was fitting to have a state of the art police station in Goulburn as it is where policing students graduate.
"Several times each year, we gather here to welcome hundreds of new officers as they attest.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that they have the best facilities and resources available to proactively prevent and disrupt crime."
Commissioner Fuller, who was at the attestation of Class 349 at the NSW Police Academy earlier today, said Goulburn was a significant regional town when it came to policing.
"Since the Police Academy was established, the local community has welcomed our police and played an integral role in supporting our recruits," he said.
"Clearly our regional communities need to be equipped with policing facilities to match their metropolitan counterparts.
"The new station will be fitted with the most up to date technology to support local officers to better serve the people in The Hume Police District."
Ms Tuckerman was very vocal about getting a new station after stepping in the current station when she first started as the local member.
"I did a tour of the local police station and the ventilation was pretty substandard," Ms Tuckerman said.
"My knock on the minister's door to say we needed to improve things here was very forceful.
"The new station will ensure the police in this district have the facilities and the support they need to continue to drive down crime and keep the community safe."
The new station is set to be completed by 2023.
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