QPS: Hundreds more officers on the beat next year

NEARLY 300 recruits are expected to bolster the Queensland Police Service from 2022.

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Some 280 recruits are expected to graduate from the QPS Oxley Academy early next year. PHOTO: File / Shaun Ryan.

Some 280 recruits are expected to graduate from the QPS Oxley Academy early next year.

The cohort is one of the largest ever training to become Queensland police officers.

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Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll urged Queenslanders to consider a career with the QPS.

“Policing offers an incredibly diverse range of opportunities, whether it be general duties policing, or the wide range of specialist units we have ranging from the dog squad and water police to forensics or the stock squad.

“It is very pleasing to see so many recruits passing through our Police Academies, and I look forward to many more Queenslanders joining our service in the near future.”

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Recruiting and Constable Training Superintendent Josef Jaramazovic said the increase in recruits would make a difference to Queenslanders.

“As our state continues to grow, so does the need for our policing services,” Superintendent Jaramazovic said.

“The additional number of recruits training at the moment will ensure we continue to meet the challenges of the future.

“The QPS continues to look for applicants that seek purpose, direction and meaning from their careers in a different way than ever before to join the Service.

“There has truly never been a better time to join the QPS and follow the footsteps of these 280 recruits.”

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Minister for Police Mark Ryan said the boost in police personnel supported the vision of Commissioner Carrol for the QPS to enhance its reputation as a world leader as a responsive, agile and effective policing service.

Mr Ryan visited Oxley Academy yesterday.

The Minister encouraged anyone who has considered a policing career or is looking at a career change to take the QPS eligibility quiz, here.

“More often than not, it’s what’s on the inside that makes an incredible police officer, so all of your life experiences – the ups and the downs, is what has made you ready to serve,” said Mr Ryan.

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The Queensland Government has committed to an extra 2,025 police personal across the State.

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