John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Graduating officers to go on patrol this Christmas

    13/12/2007 10:15 AM

    The latest additions to the Western Australian Police frontline have today graduated from the WA Police Academy and will be on the beat this festive season.

    Police and Emergency Services Minister John Kobelke congratulated the 63 new police officers on the completion of their 28-week training course and thanked them for their commitment to serving the State.

    The 51 men and 12 women will join the frontline next week at locations across the metropolitan area and their rigorous and world-class training will enable the officers to serve in various operational areas.

    The officers come from diverse backgrounds including Singapore, the United States, Mauritius, New Zealand and South Africa, in addition to other Australian States. Many are also multilingual and speak languages such as Danish, Arabic, Thai and Croatian.

    Mr Kobelke said it was great to see so many people eager to become WA police officers and make a commitment to the community.

    “The police continue to do an excellent job and as a Government, we will continue to support our hard-working officers,” the Minister said.

    “The first term of the Labor Government delivered 250 extra police officers and WA Police are on target to deliver the additional 350 officers promised above attrition in this term of Government,” he said.

    Mr Kobelke said the State Government had employed 160 civilian staff to enable more than 400 police to return to the frontline and its expenditure on police per capita was 18.6 per cent higher than the average of other mainland states.

    “We are committed to providing police with the necessary infrastructure and equipment they need to service the growing population with new aircraft, tasers, modern communications equipment and new and improved police stations,” the Minister said.

    “I welcome the new officers to WA Police and on behalf of the community, thank them for the roles they will undertake in helping to make the State a safer and better place to live.”

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