Forty new officers have joined the ranks of the WA Police Force after graduating from a gruelling 28 week training course at the Joondalup Police Academy.
The 29 men and 11 women from blue squad and gold squad celebrated the completion of their course this morning which saw them challenged mentally and physically, preparing them to take on the pressures of frontline police work.
The Honourable Michelle Roberts MLA, Minister for Police; Road Safety and WA Police Force Commissioner Chris Dawson were in attendance, congratulating the new constables.
Ms Roberts said they are joining a very strong West Australian Police Force that gets great results for the community.
“I certainly wish everyone of these new officers all the best for their awaiting career in policing,”
“It’s the biggest policing district in the world; some 2.5 million km2, so they’ll have a lot of variety in their role as police officer, potentially policing from one end of the state to another,” Ms Roberts said.
Ranging in age from 20 to 37 years, the graduates hail from a diverse background that includes former employment in either the private or government sector. Twelve were born overseas, nine possess a tertiary degree, four speak a second language and three served in the armed forces.
The ceremony also included the presentation of commission to six police officers, who due to their hard work and dedication to policing, have been promoted to the higher rank of inspector or superintendent.