THREE probationary constables posted to Blacktown police station on Monday say they asked to be sent to the area.
Darren Boyd, 23, Daniel Said, 21 and Glen Wilson, 23, placed Blacktown as their first choice.
Their presence raises the total number of officers in the command area to 170.
The trio said they knew the area well and were aware their service would be needed.
Two of the three, Police Constables Boyd and Wilson, have worked in other jobs before while it is Police Constable Said’s first job.
Probationary Constable Boyd worked as a personal trainer for two years while Probationary Constable Wilson was in retail for five years.
‘‘I am pleased to join the police force,’’ Probationary Constable Boyd said.
‘‘It is my long time ambition to become a police officer so that I can help victims of crime.
‘‘We found our eight months training at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn very tough but rewarding.’’
Probationary Constable Said joined the police force because he believed it was a challenging career.
‘‘Besides being a very interesting job, we are helping to protect the community,’’ he said.
The three were among 161 recruits sworn in at the attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn last Friday.
Blacktown Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Mark Wright said the officers’ first day was only the first of many milestones in a challenging, yet rewarding career.
“Their first day can be daunting but Blacktown LAC is a great community and we are excited to have these officers join our ranks and guide them through the start of their new career.”
The three joined 167 police officers at Blacktown LAC.
They will now complete 12 months’ on-the-job training and study by distance education with Charles Sturt University before they graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice.
Once they graduate, the officers will then be confirmed in the rank of constable.