Eighty-nine new recruits have today been inducted into the Queensland Police Service (QPS) at a ceremony at Oxley.
Over the last six months, the graduates from the Oxley Academy have undertaken specialist domestic violence training, and risk and trauma management, while also participating in units with a specific awareness on cultural complexities.
The graduates will now partake in the First Year Constable training program where they will hone their skills under the guidance of experienced officers.
The City of Logan will see nine of these new constables hit the streets of the city with Logan Central, Browns Plains and Crestmead each taking on two.
Jimboomba, Loganholme another station in Logan to each take on one new officer each.
Acting Police Minister Mark Furner congratulated the graduates on their achievements, wishing them well in their career.
“Congratulations to each of you today embarking on your new career,” Minister Furner said.
“As you move into the First Year Constable program, I urge you to soak up every moment of the experience, learn from those around you and immerse yourself in the community.”
Commissioner Katarina Carroll welcomed the graduates to the frontline, sharing her excitement with them.
“This is an extremely special occasion for you and your families, one that you will never forget, I’m excited to be able to share this day with you.” she said.
“Today marks your first day as a Queensland Police Service Constable, and on behalf of the other 15,000 members, I’d like to welcome you to our blue family.
“Being a Police Officer is no easy task, you will face many challenges and you will experience many hardships.
“But when facing these challenges, you will be rewarded, you will feel great satisfaction when you are there for people in need, and the relationships you build will last a lifetime.”
The newest members of the QPS bring a diverse range of knowledge and lived-experience from previous careers, including in the hospitality, construction and education industries.
Graduating recruit Charlie Dicello said he joined the Service to bring impactful change to local communities.
“I was working alongside the QPS as a Youth Support Worker when I realised I had a passion for helping young people make better choices,” he said.
Stationed to Cairns, Charlie is looking forward to developing his skills in a unique Queensland community.
“While I am looking forward to learning the role of a General Duties Officer, I am excited by the prospect of joining Water Police. That would be a dream come true.
“I want to be a police officer that changes people’s lives for the better and leaves a lasting impression for those going through some of their toughest times.”
Crestmead Station 2
Jimboomba Station 1
Logan Central Station 2
Browns Plains Station 2
Loganholme Station 1