Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, joined AFP Commissioner Tony Negus APM and Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers in welcoming 18 new Probationary Constables to the ranks of ACT Policing at the AFP College in Barton on Friday, June 27.
Over two days last week, four classes graduated, bolstering numbers to ACT Policing by 64. The graduates are expected to spend their first few weeks in Traffic Operations before they take up their posts at police stations across the ACT.
The new officers bring a raft of experience and skills from previous careers in a range of industries such as the Royal Australian Navy, youth worker, retail, army, security, the teaching profession and other areas from the AFP.
Mr Corbell said this was the highest number of recruits he had seen graduate in quick succession.
“To have four classes graduate in the space of two days is remarkable for the AFP and an excellent result for the ACT. This means more police on our streets, keeping the community safe,” Mr Corbell said.
“Over the years ACT Policing has grown, not only numerically but also in stature as it continues to deliver outstanding results for the ACT community.
“These four attestations further demonstrate the ACT government’s commitment to providing the community with a strong and prepared police service.”
On Thursday, 31 newly appointed ACT Policing constables graduated in two ceremonies at the AFP College and a class of 16 constables graduated earlier Friday.
The recruits graduated after a 26-week training program that provided them with a full range of skills and capabilities to prepare them for their community policing role.