Only one new po­lice re­cruit

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

A TO­TAL of 257 new pro­ba­tion­ary con­sta­bles have joined the NSW po­lice force this week, but only one of those has been as­signed to the North­ern Rivers.

One con­sta­ble will join the Tweed By­ron Po­lice Dis­trict.

The Rich­mond Po­lice Dis­trict – which in­cludes the ar­eas of Lis­more, Casino and Bal­lina – will not re­ceive a sin­gle new of­fi­cer.

It was a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion dur­ing the last po­lice al­lo­ca­tion in April this year, when no new po­lice of­fi­cers joined the Rich­mond or Tweed By­ron po­lice dis­tricts.

In fact, it is the fourth snub in a row for the Rich­mond Po­lice Dis­trict, which also didn’t re­ceive an al­lo­ca­tion in De­cem­ber last year, or any new re­cruits after the April 2017 grad­u­a­tion.

Tweed-By­ron re­ceived five new of­fi­cers this time last year, and this year’s new re­cruit will start work on Mon­day.

NSW Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mick Fuller said the pro­ba­tion­ary con­sta­bles had “al­ready proven them­selves phys­i­cally and aca­dem­i­cally to reach this point”.

“From Mon­day they will ex­pe­ri­ence the re­ward of serv­ing the com­mu­nity as a po­lice of­fi­cer,” he said.

“For the next 12 months they will con­tinue to study and learn.”

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