ANOTHER BOOST TO POLICE AS 23 MORE RECRUITS HIT THE BEAT

ANOTHER BOOST TO POLICE AS 23 MORE RECRUITS HIT THE BEAT

Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 in Victoria

Another 23 police graduated from the Victoria Police Academy today and will take to the beat across the state in coming weeks, Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Danielle Green said.

Ms Green said more than 5800 recruits had passed through the academy since 1999, significantly strengthening Victoria Police’s frontline.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to ensuring Victoria Police has the powers and resources to help keep Victorians safe,” Ms Green said.

“All of today’s graduates have undertaken 23 weeks of intensive training at the Police Academy and I would like to wish them all the best for a long career with Victoria Police.”
Ms Green said the 14 men and nine women graduating from the Police Academy today were joining an organisation with a proud history of serving the Victorian community.

The new recruits will continue their training on-the-job with colleagues in Brunswick, Footscray, Frankston, Springvale, Broadmeadows, Moonee Ponds, Endeavour Hills, Shepparton, St Kilda, Lilydale, Carlton, Croydon, Fawkner, Cranbourne, Werribee, Ballarat, Ringwood and Keilor Downs.

“There are already more police on the beat in Victoria than ever before and these officers do a wonderful job of protecting their communities by preventing and responding to crime.”

Ms Green said Victoria Police had last month launched the largest recruitment drive in police history to attract a record 1,700 new recruits as part of the Brumby Labor Government’s biggest boost to police numbers in the force’s history.

“We know that giving police more resources – including putting more officers on the street – is one of the best ways to protect the community, and that’s why our Government is funding this campaign – the largest recruitment drive in Victorian history,” she said.

“This recruitment campaign is just one of the many ways our Government is supporting Victoria Police as they work to tackle crime.”

Go to: http://www.police.vic.gov.au

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