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Probationary constables on their way to the Hunter Valley Police District

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The Hunter Valley Police District (HVPD) will be the new home for five of the 269 probationary constables that graduated this week.

The probationary constables graduated at the Police Academy in Goulburn on Friday and will now be posted to complete 12 months of on-the-job training while studying the Associate Degree in Policing Practice via distance education with Charles Sturt University.

The Northern Region will welcome 57 policemen and policewomen and five are headed to the HVPD.

Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell APM, said the first instalment of new police positions for 2019-2020 will significantly increase the capability of police districts to combat crime.

“Regional policing is at the heart of every local community, and we are thrilled to welcome 57 new recruits to Northern NSW. These new probationary constables will bolster the region numbers to record levels, and will instantly make a real difference to their communities."

“After months of training away from their homes and families, this is the first step they will take in their long and fruitful careers with the NSW Police Force,” Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said.

HVPD Superintendent Chad Gillies was at the graduation ceremony and parade and had the privilege of meeting the five that are on their way to the district.

“They are all really keen and really eager to get involved,” he said.

Probationary Constables Michelle Bojkowski, Adrian Galbac, Jake Easthope, Mitchell Gray and Sarah Dodds will be headed to the HVPD - three will be going to Cessnock, and one each will be going to Muswellbrook and Singleton.

“That’s in addition to the two probationary constables we got three months ago that are based at Muswellbrook so a really big win.”

“The other good thing is this is the first five of the 11 positions that are rolling out this year for the Hunter Valley from the Commissioner’s commitment to extra staffing across the organisation. So we can expect to see another two constables shortly and another three sergeants on top of that,” said Superintendent Gillies.

“The benefits that these five probationary constables will bring is they will offer a fresh, enthusiastic perspective to policing and that is always a good thing and that will support our senior police in the area.”

Across the rest of the Northern Region, the Lake Macquarie PD will receive six probationary constables, Newcastle City PD will see five and the Port Stephens-Hunter PD will receive five.

Image credit: Hunter Valley PD Facebook Page