Twenty five new police recruits started their 25-week training course to become a great cop at an opening ceremony at the AFP College today.
Mr Mark Ney, Manager of Learning and Development at the Barton College, officially opened the course this morning.
This is the first ACT Policing course for 2012, and the second course with recruits selected from the ‘Think you’d make a great cop?” recruitment campaign in 2010. The campaign was developed to encourage members of the Canberra and local region to become community police officers.
The new recruits range in age from 22 to 50, with 15 originating from the ACT. The men and women come from varied working backgrounds including the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Corps of Military Police.
Deputy Chief Police Officer David McLean who attended the opening ceremony said that these latest recruits will follow in the footsteps of ACT Policing’s first class who graduated in November last year.
“The recruits have 25 tough weeks ahead of them. When they graduate, they will be deployed to stations within ACT Policing where they will initially be required to complete a two week rotation through Traffic Operations,” Commander McLean said.
ACT Policing will kick off another recruitment campaign in the coming months to find more great cops.