Today I was privileged to welcome 15 new probationary constables who have embarked on their policing careers at Sutherland Police Area Command.

I congratulate the new recruits on graduating from the Goulburn Police Academy after more than eight months of training and university-level education.

Community safety is of paramount importance and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome the new probationary constables to the Sutherland Shire.

Becoming a sworn police officer is a tremendous honour. The mere presence of a blue uniform puts our minds at ease, however it also comes with enormous challenges.

As a community, we turn to the police in our worst hour and expect them to stand in harm’s way to prevent and disrupt criminal activity.

I commend our newest officers on making the decision to put the community’s safety above their own and joining one of the proudest organisations in the state.

The Liberals & Nationals Government committed to increasing the authorised strength of the NSW Police Force to a record 16,795 over this term, and we have achieved that and more.

The security and safety of the people of NSW is a top priority for this Government and these new Probationary Officers will be a great asset in helping to identify, disrupt and combat crime in the local community.