LINE OF DUTY: Seven of the first year constables who graduated on Friday will be deployed to Ipswich.
LINE OF DUTY: Seven of the first year constables who graduated on Friday will be deployed to Ipswich. Contributed

Ipswich to get seven constables after police graduation

SEVEN first year constables will be deployed to Ipswich after they were part of an induction ceremony at Oxley on Friday.

The new recruits were part of a group of 88 graduates at a ceremony held at the Queensland Police Service Academy, Oxley campus.

The induction ceremony was attended by Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett, who represented Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller.

The 88 recruits completed a 25-week training program which provided them with a quality foundation so that they can provide excellent service to the community and ensure their policing skills have developed to a level necessary for operational policing.

The FYCs originate from Australia, New Zealand, England, Columbia, Sweden and South Africa and bring with them life experiences from diverse backgrounds with previous occupations including firefighter, Defence Force personnel and teacher.

Deputy Commissioner Barnett congratulated the constables on their graduation and said they would be positioned in the Brisbane, Central, Northern, South Eastern and Southern Regions to start their career.

"I remember my induction ceremony well and I hope that this ceremony is a memory that each first year constable carries with them throughout a long and successful career within the QPS," he said.

"The role of a police officer is like no other - responsible for the safety and security of Queensland.

"There is no doubt that each of these new officers will experience some challenging situations, however, there will also be many rewarding and humbling times.

"I wish luck to every officer in their career and feel confident that they will uphold the QPS standards of excellence and service."

The QPS also acknowledged and celebrated 50 years of sworn women in policing.

Senior police and Mrs Miller joined with female officers past and present to celebrate this significant milestone for the police service.

As part of the celebration, all commissioned officers signing in the recruits were female.

Queensland's first two female motorcycle officers escorted the recruits, followed by three female dog handlers and their female Officer in Charge of the Brisbane Dog Squad.



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