THREE probationary police constables posted to Blacktown early this month said they had asked to be sent to the area.
Darren Boyd, 23, Daniel Said, 21, and Glen Wilson, 23, made Blacktown their first choice and raised the total number of officers in the local command area to 170.
PCs Boyd and Wilson had worked in other jobs before, but this is PC Said's first job.
PC Boyd was a personal trainer for two years and PC Wilson was in retail business for five years.
PC Boyd said he had long wanted to join the police force so that he could help the victims of crime.
He said the eight months' training at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn was "very tough but rewarding".
PC Said said he joined the police force because it is a challenging career.
PCs Said, Boyd and Wilson were among 161 recruits sworn in at the attestation ceremony at the Police Academy in Goulburn last month.
Blacktown local area commander Mark Wright said the officers' first day was only the first of many milestones in a challenging but 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," Detective Superintendent Wright said.
■ A total of 161 new recruits were sworn in.
■ The class comprises 111 policemen and 50 policewomen.
■ 73 probationary constables were undergraduates and 65 studied by distance education.
■ Three probationary constables studied through the bachelor of justice studies (policing) pathway and 15 others joined through the University of Western Sydney pathway.
■ Five recruits joined through the Rail Corp transfer scheme.
■ Among the probationary constables attesting today, 137 were born in Australia and 24 were born overseas.