Five new police recruits for Gladstone region
FIVE new police recruits will join the Gladstone force as part of the Palaszczuk government's commitment to an extra 266 new police statewide.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said the new recruits were part of the 87 First Year Constables sworn into the Queensland Police Service at a special ceremony in Brisbane today.
"The Palaszczuk Labor Government set aside $28 million in the Budget to deliver an extra 266 police across Queensland over the next year," Mr Butcher said.
"I'm pleased that we're already seeing the benefits of that commitment here in Gladstone with five new police set to hit the beat across our area.
"Our new recruits have spent the last 25 weeks working hard at the Academy and they're now ready to call Gladstone home and learn from some of our most experienced officers.
Three officers will work from the Gladstone station, and two from Tannum Sands.
Gladstone's new police will also be supported in their jobs by a range of measures announced in the Budget including:
- $28 million to deliver 266 extra police over the next year, bringing the total number of extra officers sworn in over the past four years to 1,100;
- Nearly 1,000 new and replacement police vehicles;
- An extra $20 million over four years for police to tackle organised crime, alcohol-fuelled violence and the drug, Ice;
- More than $6 million over three years for the roll out of body-worn video cameras;