Recruits start duty

Proud to serve: The NSW Commissioner said new officers can look forward to a diverse range of experiences.

Proud to serve: The NSW Commissioner said new officers can look forward to a diverse range of experiences.

Proud to serve: The NSW Commissioner said new officers can look forward to a diverse range of experiences.

Proud to serve: The NSW Commissioner said new officers can look forward to a diverse range of experiences.

NSW Police welcomed 182 probationary constables into the force on Friday.

Two joined the Blacktown command, eight the Mount Druitt command and a new officer started duty at St Marys.

"I could not be prouder of the men and women who are joining our ranks," NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said.

"They are about to embark on a career that they will find to be as rewarding as it is challenging.

"Whether they're serving communities in Sydney or in regional areas or out in the bush, I am confident they will display the same dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm they have shown throughout their time at the academy."

On Monday the probationary constables began 12 months of on-the-job training, which on completion confirms them in the rank of constable.

They will continue their studies by distance education with Charles Sturt University as part of their training.

NSW's newest police officers range in age from 18 to 53.

Some came straight from school or university, but others worked in a variety of careers before deciding to join the force, including cooking, mechanics and even shark diving.

They also come from diverse backgrounds, with 20 being born in other countries as varied as China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, France, India, Iran, Vietnam, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands and South Africa. Sixteen recruits identify as being Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders.

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