10 new QPS officers arrive in the region
THEY'VE been put through their paces during 25 weeks of intense training, and now 10 new police officers will arrive in the region after graduating from the QPS Academy in Oxley.
Six new officers have been assigned to the Rockhampton station and four to Keppel, with two of the Keppel officers to be stationed in Yeppoon and two in North Rockhampton.
The recruits are among 88 first year constables to be sworn in.
Police District Officer Ron Van Saane welcomed the appointments and said they would bolster their ability to prevent and fight crime.
Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said it was part of the state government's promise to supply an additional 266 officers across Queensland.
"I am sure everyone in Rockhampton understands that it is a difficult and sometimes dangerous job and the recruits have had six months at the Academy to prepare them for that," he said.
"It's now time for them to hit the beat under supervision in the city and learn on the job from our most experienced local officers."
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said the government was also ensuring QPS has the technology and equipment needed to support frontline officers, including 1000 new and replacement vehicles.