Gladstone gets police graduate

THERE is one new police recruit heading to Gladstone.

The new recruit was one of 83 recruits and five police dogs who were sworn in at the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Academy in Oxley this afternoon.

The newly sworn-in First Year Constables were congratulated at the ceremony by Member for Yeerongpilly and former police officer Carl Judge on behalf of Police Minister Jack Dempsey .

Mr Dempsey wished the new recruits and police dogs well in their new careers as they prepared to settle into communities across Queensland.

"These 83 new officers will bring a wealth of experience, life skills and enthusiasm to the QPS and the regions they serve," Mr Dempsey said.

"It is an honour to be selected as a police recruit and a significant achievement to graduate from the 30 week Police Recruit Operational Vocational Education (PROVE) program.

"I congratulate these officers on completing their training and I thank them for their commitment to protecting Queenslanders.

"These graduates also bring a wealth of life experience to the QPS with the new police officers coming from a wide variety of previous occupations."

Among the graduates are a mechanic, teacher, sales representative, lifeguard, accountant and restaurant manager.

Mr Dempsey said the QPS was recruiting police officers as a part of the Newman Government's commitment to increased frontline police services.

"We are delivering 1,100 extra frontline police where they are needed to fight crime over the next four years, and we have committed to deliver 100 of these officers to the Gold Coast and Logan areas," he said.

"We are also bringing 200 police officers from non-operational roles back on to the frontline over the next four years."

Commissioner Bob Atkinson congratulated the graduates on their commitment and hard-work during their training courses.

"The PROVE program is an intensive study, covering training across a wide range of disciplines. It has been designe d to sufficiently prepare recruits for the transition into their career as a QPS officer," Commissioner Atkinson said.

"This is a career unlike any other and should be held in high regard as they will be responsible for the safety, security and quality of life of Queenslanders.

"At times, their role will undoubtedly test them, however they will also be privileged to experience some of the most humbling and rewarding accounts of human nature.

"Police perform a vital role in the maintenance of law and order and public safety; and I feel confident in their ability to continue uphold our tradition of excellence,"

General duties police dogs Asko, Oakley, Robbie, Rush and Frankie will be deployed to Brisbane Dog Squad, Sunshine Coast, Coomera, Gold Coast, and Mackay respectively.

The new constables will be stationed in the following police stations:

• Deeragun (1)
• Gladstone (1)
• Maryborough (3)
• Hervey Bay (3)
• Caboolture (3)
• Bribie Island (1)
• Burpengary (1)
• Redcliffe (3)
• Karana Downs (1)
• Ipswich (1)
• Goodna (1)
• Yamanto (1)
• Springfield (1)
• Toowoomba (8)
• Coolangatta (2)
• Robina (1)
• Southport (2)
• Palm Beach (1)
• Springwood (1)
• Browns Plains (1)
• Logan Central (1)
• Jimboomba (1)
• Coomera (3)
• Nerang (2)
• Mudgeeraba (3)
• Mango Hill (1)
• Albany Creek (1)
• Petrie (2)
• Stafford (1)
• Hendra (2)
• Sandgate (1)
• Brisbane City (3)
• Fortitude Valley (3)
• The Gap (1)
• Ferny Grove (2)
• Indooroopilly (1)
• Inala (2)
• Acacia Ridge (1)
• Sherwood (1)
• Moorooka (1)
• Calamva le (1)
• Coorparoo (1)
• Annerley (1)
• West End (2)
• Morningside (1)
• Holland Park (1)
• Upper Mt Gravatt (1)
• Capalaba (1)
• Cleveland (1)
• Wynnum (2)
• Redland Bay (1)

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