Minister for Police and Community Safety
The Honourable Jack Dempsey
Police Minister welcomes new recruits to the Queensland Police Service Academy
Minister for Police Jack Dempsey will welcome 144 additional police recruits to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Academy at Oxley on Monday.
The extra recruits will contribute to the Newman Government’s commitment to deliver 1,100 more police officers across Queensland over the next four years.
Mr Dempsey said the recruits undertook a rigorous selection process which involved interviews and intensive assessment.
“The new recruits will now take part in the Recruit Training Unit program which is conducted over 26 weeks,” Mr Dempsey said.
“The course involves training in firearms, driving, operational skills and tactics, physical education, computers, police policies, procedures and legislation.
“These new recruits bring fresh experience and enthusiasm to the Service, as well as a mix of tertiary qualifications and life skills.
“I wish them the best of luck during their training, as they work towards a rewarding career with the Queensland Police Service.”
Mr Dempsey said the Newman Government and the community had high expectations of police officers and demanded integrity, professionalism and accountability from them.
“The Newman Government recognised the need for more police officers across the State even before it was elected,” Mr Dempsey said.
“The Labor Government’s inability to act has left our hardworking police officers in need of more recruits and more resources.
“Queenslanders have the right to feel safe in their community and that is why we are recruiting an extra 1,100 police officers to stations across the State over the next four years.
“We will also redeploy 200 police from desk roles to frontline services.
“Ultimately, where the additional officers will go will be up to the Queensland Police Service on a needs basis.”