Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

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

    New recruits join record number of police on the street

    5/05/2022 9:00 AM
     
    • 56 new police officers join the WA Police Force
    • McGowan Government on track to deliver record number of police on our streets
    • New recruits from a diverse range of backgrounds 

    Fifty-six new officers will be welcomed into the Western Australian Police Force by Attorney General John Quigley and Acting Police Commissioner Col Blanch.

     

    Family, friends and loved ones assembled to cheer on 38 men and 18 women from Silver and Brown Squads as they graduate training at the Joondalup Police Academy tonight.

     

    The reinforcement to the ranks marks another milestone in the McGowan Government's commitment to put more police on WA streets than ever before.

     

    529 people have already joined the blue family as a result of the State Government's commitment to enlist 950 new officers to the Force over four years.

     

    The recruits, who last night celebrated the completion of their 28-week intensive foundation training course, continue to come from a range of backgrounds with a variety of life experience.

     

    The youngest graduate last night was just 19 years old and the oldest was 49 years old.

     

    Three of the officers are Aboriginal, six originate from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and five can speak another language.

     

    Also honoured last night were three Senior Sergeants who were commissioned to the new rank of Inspector.

     

    Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia:

     

    "The McGowan Government has given WA Police some of the toughest new laws in the country to help lock up criminals and put a stop to criminal activity.

     

    "We are also giving them the resources they need to keep our community safe, but our greatest resource will always be the men and women who put on the uniform and keep our community safe.

     

    "I am proud to welcome these new recruits to the WA Police Force, and I commend them for standing up to serve and protect our community here in WA."

     

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