Two new constables to walk the beat in Gladstone

POLICE ranks in Gladstone are to be boosted by two first-year-constables.

Ninety new officers were inducted at a ceremony on Thursday, including two police dogs.

The allocation came as Queensland Police Service achieved its target of 300 new officers, and news that Gladstone had received 21 additional officers since April 2012.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey last week said the results of the Queensland Police Service's recruitment drive had been seen across the state.

"In the last 12 months we have seen more than 300 additional police officers begin patrolling the beat across Queensland," Mr Dempsey said.

"There are still more to come with an additional 267 police officers over and above attrition rates to be trained and head to the beat in the next 12 months.

"The State Government has committed to providing an additional 1100 police officers over four years and we are delivering on that promise."

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the additional officers were welcome in the region.

"Our police officers have always done a fantastic job protecting Gladstone and surrounding areas and these additional officers will help them continue that outstanding work," Mr Bennett said.

"Gladstone is an excellent place to live and raise a family and these additional officers will ensure the area remains that way."



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