NSW Police commissioner Mick Fuller welcomed 226 new probationary constables to the ranks of the force.
The students of Class 349 were sworn in by commissioner Fuller during the COVID-safe ceremony on Friday, October 8 in a private attestation ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.
Social distancing and mass gathering directions were applied with no members of the public or the media able to attend.
The number of visiting police were also restricted and their movements restricted in line with the relevant public health orders.
Class 349 will commence duties from Monday, October 11 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 new recruits, who bring a fresh boost to the Force.
"Congratulations to the men and women of Class 349, who graduate today and will join the NSW Police Force at its strongest and most efficient," Mr Elliott said.
"After eight months of world-class training, the attesting officers will join their stations next Monday and invigorate the policing capabilities of this state.
"As they start at commands next week, they can be certain that the NSW Government is committed to supporting its frontline officers," he said.
Commissioner Mick Fuller welcomed the recruits of Class 349 as they took their oath of office to become the force's newest probationary constables.
"Over the past two years, police have played a vital role in leading the community through the pandemic and I have been extraordinarily proud of the dedication and service of all of my men and women in blue," he said.
"I commend our newest probationary constables for embarking on a career in policing.
"The challenges they will face may not yet be known, but I can assure them that they will part of a large policing family.
"They have just reached an important milestone in what will no doubt be a very rewarding career.
Education and training commander, assistant commissioner Dean Smith, said that the recruits have already demonstrated the resilience needed for a rewarding career in law enforcement.
"I congratulate all of today's newest probationary constables on this significant achievement," he said.
"I am incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment every one of the attesting probationary constables have displayed over the past eight months.
"The last 16 weeks has been particularly challenging given the COVID-19 restrictions and the fact that many of the recruits have not been able to return home to see their loved ones.
"While it is disappointing that we could not invite family and friends to attend the attestation ceremony today, it is still a very special and proud moment for the attesting class, their families and friends."
The Hume Police District will receive three new probationary constables.
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