The safety and security of the community continues to be the NSW government’s highest priority with 4 new police officers on the Sutherland Shire beat following a private attestation ceremony in Goulburn this month.

Congratulations to the new recruits on attesting from the academy after more than 8 months of world-class training.

It’s not an easy task for the new recruits to commence their policing careers during this challenging time. I wish them every success and commend them for making the brave decision to put the community’s safety ahead of their own.

I welcome the strengthening of the police force in the Sutherland Shire, the community is in safer hands with more officers joining the ranks.

The 4 new probationary constables are part of a class of 263 new officers entering the police force.

The NSW government is investing $583 million in 1500 extra officers over the next 4 years, the biggest increase in 3 decades.