ACT Welcomes 35 New Police Officers to Serve the Community

ACT, Australia

ACT Policing has bolstered its ranks with the addition of 35 new officers, including 26 freshly graduated constables and nine experienced officers hailing from various Australian police jurisdictions. The new personnel will be deployed across ACT Policing stations in the coming weeks, serving the community in areas from finance to retail, hospitality, youth work, nursing, and the public service.

The 26 new constables, comprising 20 men and six women aged between 22 and 41, have already showcased their eagerness to engage with the community during their time at the AFP College in Barton. They have participated in a variety of community events, such as the National Multicultural Festival, the Royal Canberra Show, and the Brad Hardy Foundation walk.

Meanwhile, the nine experienced officers joining ACT Policing already boast a combined 107 years of policing experience. Under the AFP’s Skilled Police Program, these officers are transferring from other jurisdictions across Australia to ACT Policing, bringing a wealth of contemporary policing experience to the territory.

Minister for Police and Crime Prevention and Fire & Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman, welcomed the new officers and reiterated the ACT Government’s commitment to community safety. The government has pledged more than $107 million in the recruitment of 126 ACT Policing personnel over five years, marking the largest single investment ever made in ACT Policing. This commitment is aimed at maintaining a fit-for-purpose policing capability for the ACT as the territory grows.