Super police graduation the largest in a decade

The largest single graduation ceremony of WA police officers in nearly a decade took place this morning at the Joondalup Police Academy. 

Due to COVID restrictions, the 117 new plice officers were not able to attend a graduation ceremony when they completed their training earlier this year, the academy instead postponing the event until this morning. 

Police Minister Michelle Roberts and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson welcomed 82 men and 35 women from four squads to the force in a single ceremony- the largest since CHOGM in 2011 when three squads graduated together.

Gold, Blue, Silver and Green squads have all completed their 28 week intensive training course, and have already begun working as officers. 

Silver and Green squads have been working in the COVID-19 Quarantine Assurance Team, ensuring quarantine restrictions are adhered to by returned travellers. 

According to Police Media, the graduates vary in age from 19 to 50 years. 21 originate from culturall and linguistically diverse communities, 13 are of Aboriginal heritage, 12 have served in the armed forces and many possess tertiary qualifications.

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