Posted on 15. Oct, 2010 in News

ictoria’s newest batch of police recruits are ready to join the frontline after graduating from the Victoria Police Academy at Glen Waverley today, Police Minister James Merlino said.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to ensuring Victoria Police has the powers and resources it needs to ensure Victorians are safe, and a huge part of that is delivering an additional 1,966 frontline police on the beat,” Mr Merlino said.

“The campaign to attract a record number of recruits over the next five years is underway and today’s 43 new graduates who have gone on to rewarding careers in the police force since 1999.

“All of these graduates have completed intensive training at the Police Academy and I would like to wish them all the best for a long career of protecting Victorians.”

Mr Merlino said the 43 men and women recruits, aged from 20 to 49, who graduated from the Police Academy today were joining an organisation with a proud history of serving Victoria.

“Our new Graduates have come from a variety of backgrounds – including three recruits who were born overseas – and one having served in the Australian Army Special Forces.”

The new police recruits will continue their training on-the-job with colleagues at stations across Victoria, including at the new $20 million Melbourne North Police Station. 

The recruitment campaign is the centrepiece of a Victoria Police budget of almost $2 billion to continue make Victoria’s streets and communities even safer.

Chief Commissioner Simon Overland also presented valour awards to eight servicing officers for demonstrating exceptional bravery and leadership during the 2009 Black Saturday fires.

Mr Merlino said the recipients – Sergeant Lee Nichols; Leading Senior Constables Kenneth Dwight, Roger Wood and Peter Collyer; Senior Constables Matthew Henry, Ian Hamill, Andrew Walker and Cameron Caine – epitomised the character and dedication of police.

“Victoria Police maintain the highest standards in its recruitment program to ensure new recruits have the necessary skills and qualities required for a career as a police officer,” Mr Merlino said.

“It is certainly not an easy job, but it is a rewarding one that displays the very best characteristics of Victoria Police members – integrity, leadership, respect and professionalism.”

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