The Heathcote community has welcomed 6 new NSW Police Force after the first graduation ceremony of 2021.

On Friday the Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM at an attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn.

Today I was pleased to welcome the 5 new recruits who have joined the Sutherland Police Area Command.

1 new recruit also commenced their first day on the job at Wollongong Police District.

These new police officers have chosen a career of service and will be a vital asset to the people of Sutherland Shire and Illawarra.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the new officers for their contribution and congratulate them on the start of their exciting careers.

The new police officers have completed eight months of foundational training and will report to their new stations on Monday.

Class 345 includes 139 men and 55 women. Some recruits entered the NSW Police Academy straight from school or university, while others left established professional careers and trades such as teachers, ambulance officers and a jockey.

The NSW Government has committed $583 million over four years to deliver 1500 new police officers – the biggest single increase for the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years. This is in addition to the $60 million commitment to upgrade the Goulburn Police Academy.