189 new police recruits have paraded around the SCG to mark their graduation as probationary constables.
The class of 2020 watched on as police dogs demonstrated taking down a pitch invader.
The unique event celebrates the achievements of the 1000 recruits who attested as police officers during the course of 2020.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Police Force has played a pivotal role in protecting our state.
“Every member of the NSW Police Force deserves our State’s greatest thanks after a year that saw Police play an unprecedented role in keeping our community safe,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“On behalf of the State, congratulations to our newest recruits and thank you to our police officers and emergency service workers for their incredible effort over 2020.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the NSW Government is committed to supporting them throughout their careers.
“Our Police cadets have faced exceptional challenges this year, but they have shown they can overcome difficult circumstances to complete their training, and they will now use the same resilience to push them forward in their new careers,” Mr Elliott said.
“Police put their lives on the line every day to protect our community and I thank and congratulate each and every one of these officers for choosing to join the Force, I wish them all a long and successful career.”
Commissioner Fuller said that COVID-19 restrictions prevented the 2020 attesting classes from experiencing a full attestation parade like all other police recruits that passed before them.
“I know from personal experience that my attestation was a very proud moment in my professional policing career. I am pleased to honour this year’s attesting recruits in this unprecedented and significant event,” the Commissioner said.
“It has been a challenging year for the state of NSW and police have taken on an extraordinary role in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic threat, alongside the other critical issues we have faced this year.
“The 2020 recruits have undertaken their studies during COVID restrictions, and this too has presented some distinctive challenges. I feel confident they’ve got what it takes to face any emerging issues ahead,” he said.
From the graduating Class 344, 23 probationary constables will be joining the Northern Region.
NORTHERN REGION – 23
Brisbane Water PD – 4
Coffs/Clarence PD – 2
Hunter Valley PD – 3
Mid North Coast PD – 1
Newcastle City PD – 2
Port Stephens-Hunter PD – 3
Richmond PD – 4
Tuggerah Lakes PD – 4