89 First Year Constables inducted into QPS

24 Mar 2014 10:32 AMJann Stuckey

24 March 2014

21 additional police constables will be on the beat across the south east District in the coming weeks after graduating from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Academy in Brisbane last Thursday.

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP said this announcement was in line with the Newman Government’s commitment to provide an extra 1,100 police over four years throughout Queensland.

“The Gold Coast police head count has increased by 106 officers from 681 to 787 between April 2012 and March 2014,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Of the 89 constables inducted, 10 of them will be based in the Gold Coast region and I encourage residents to welcome them to the area.

“Our community is served well by the hardworking men and women of the QPS locally, and I know these graduates will continue that good work.

“I wish each of the new First Year Constables the best in their careers and hope they enjoy their time with the QPS.”

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey attended the graduation and welcomed the officers to the QPS family.

“I thank the 89 First Year Constables (FYCs) who have accepted the responsibilities of maintaining law, order and public safety in their role as police officers,” Mr Dempsey said.

“We now have more than 700 additional police patrolling the streets of Queensland than under the former Labor government.

“Each officer brings with them unique experiences and enthusiasm which they will be able to draw upon while serving and protecting communities across the state.

“Under Labor officer numbers were on the decline, and now the Queensland Police Service is undergoing its biggest recruitment drive in the past 20 years,” Ms Stuckey said.