More first year constables are set to hit the streets of Moreton Bay to protect and serve the community following their graduation from the police academy this week.
A total of 11 officers will be deployed to the Moreton Bay Region, with one officer stationed at Bribie Island, two in Deception Bay, one at the Mango Hills North Lakes Station, three in Petrie and four at Redcliffe.
The first-year constables were among 68 recruits who spent the past six months training at the Queensland Police Academy in Oxley.
They will now undertake a further 12 months of station-based training as First Year Constables, which sees them assessed on their management of a range of real-world policing scenarios.
Queensland Police Service (QPS) Deputy Commissioner Stephan Gollschewski welcomed the recruits, saying their various backgrounds and life experiences would be their greatest assets while policing in Queensland.
“It is what’s on the inside that makes an incredible police officer,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
“With career backgrounds as diverse as child safety and disability support officers, park rangers, pilots, paramedics and even a QPS communications operator, the range of skills our newest officers have from previous careers and life experiences will only add to the mosaic of skills they can use to serve and protect Queensland.
“Every little thing our officers have learnt, dealt with, experienced, and survived is what will make them a great police officer for the QPS.
“I wish luck to all our new officers and am confident they will uphold the values expected of a police officer in Queensland.”
Minister for Police Mark Ryan has thanked the graduates for making the choice to undertake a policing career to protect the community.
“Our newest First Year Constables are commencing their service at a pivotal time for the QPS and the Queensland community as a whole,” Minister Ryan said.
“Our Queensland police officers keep communities safe, and each of these officers has now undertaken their commitment to deliver the very best service to the people of Queensland.”