Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Boost to police frontline with 59 new officers to hit the streets

    4/06/2021 7:00 AM
    • Building safer and stronger communities
    • 59 new officers to be deployed to the frontline

    Police Minister Paul Papalia has congratulated the Western Australian Police Force's 59 newest officers who graduated from the Joondalup Police Academy last night.


    The recruits from Gold and Blue squads have completed a six-month intensive training course and will be deployed to metropolitan and regional WA from next week.


    The 38 men and 21 women vary in age from 19 years old to 51 and come from a diverse range of previous employment backgrounds including a former architect, carpenter, nurse, mechanic, bricklayer, electrician and real estate agent.


    Last night's graduates reflect the diversity of the Western Australian community; six are Aboriginal and more than a third were born overseas, in countries such as Colombia, Russia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, India and New Zealand.


    Five can speak a second language and seven have served in the armed forces.


    The newest officers will be deployed to a variety of police roles including general duties, traffic enforcement and specialist operations.


    The McGowan Government's record police investment will see a 15 per cent increase to the WA Police Force over the next four years.


    The Academy continues to be busier than ever with a further 265 recruits in training.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Today marks the beginning of a new and exciting career for all our new officers.


    "They have shown enormous determination and professionalism, and will go on to make a positive difference to communities throughout Western Australia.


    "Our Government is delivering the single biggest boost to police officer numbers in the State's history.


    "And on top of extra officer numbers, we're ensuring they have the equipment they need to keep the community safe."


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