Police Minister Mark Ryan

July 31, 2020

South Burnett police stations will receive four new First Year Constables from the latest crop of Oxley Police Academy graduates.

Eighty-one recruits graduated from the Academy on Friday.

Two will be heading to Murgon Police Station and one each to Kingaroy and Nanango stations.

Police Minister Mark Ryan congratulated the First Year Constables on their graduation.

“These FYCs are beginning their careers during unprecedented times, when the role of our police is more important than ever,” he said.

Minister Ryan said the graduation was the first full induction ceremony since January.

“In March, Commissioner Carroll made the decision to fast-track police graduations,” he said.

“This decision was made to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the Academies, and immediately boost the number of frontline officers.

“Social distancing requirements have prevented graduates from celebrating with a full ceremony, with QPS instead opting for a small, private swearing-in.

“I’m very pleased this latest cohort will have their achievements recognised in a full induction ceremony.”

Commissioner Carroll said the First Year Constables came from many backgrounds.

“We have a diverse group of graduates representative of our community who bring skills and experience from a wide range of previous careers,” she said.

“The training program these recruits have completed prepares them for a range of policing scenarios, and they will continue to learn on-the-job through the First Year Constable program.

“They are taking the next step in their policing career, and I have no doubt they are well-prepared for the challenges they will face in the future.”

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