ACT Policing has welcomed 20 new officers to its ranks following an attestation ceremony at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Barton on Friday.
In the first attestation for this year, 18 men and two women were officially sworn in as constables in front of family and friends.
The new officers range in age from 23 to 46 and are transitioning to ACT Policing from protective service officer roles at Parliament House, Canberra, and Garden Island, Sydney.
They bring a range of experience and skills from previous employments, including with Northern Territory Police, the Australian Defence Force, the public service, security, retail, hospitality, information and communication technology and various trades.
The ACT’s chief police officer Rudi Lammers congratulated the new officers after completing the challenging 24-week training course.
“As recruits, they are mentally and physically tested to ensure they are ready to serve our community well,” he said.
Constable Vicky Wardle was awarded the Commissioner’s award for excellence in recruit training for her performance in all elements of the program, including teamwork, leadership, communication, academic achievement, physical training and commitment to the values of the AFP.
The new officers will complete a rotation with traffic operations before being deployed to stations.