Three new Probationary Constables presented for their first day on shift in the New England Police District on Tuesday.
The trio were part of a class of 192 new probationary constables during a quieter than usual attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn last Friday, October 9.
Probationary Constable Jack Butler hails from the Inverell area but will be heading further west for his first deployment as a police officer when he joins the team at Moree. Prior to joining the NSW Police Force, Jack spent time as a swim coach.
"Growing up I've respected the role police play in the community and it's something I have always wanted to do," he said.
Probationary Constable Paige Berthold is originally from Tamworth and will be stationed at Inverell. She studied at University gaining a Bachelor of Business majoring in sports management before joining the NSW Police Force.
"I'm most looking forward to being part of the community and learning as much as possible," Ms Paige said about her new career as a police officer.
"Being a country girl, I'm excited to work in such a friendly town."
Probationary Constable John Gilbody is also stationed at Inverell. He was on the tools in Armidale as a builder before joining the ranks of the NSW Police Force. John will bring a load of life experience to his new role.
"I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the Inverell community, and interacting with a diverse range of people," he said.
New England Commander, Superintendent Steve Laksa welcomed the new recruits.
"Class 343 have shown great dedication and spirit to pass the requirements of the course at the police academy and I'm sure they will approach the next phase of their career with the same enthusiasm," he said.
He said the officers' first day of induction at Inverell on Tuesday was only the first of many milestones in a challenging, yet rewarding career.
"Whilst the first day officially on the job can be daunting, the New England has great communities and we are excited to have these officers join our ranks and guide them through the start of their new career," Superintendent Laksa said.
The Officer-in-Charge of Inverell Police Station, Chief Inspector Rowan O'Brien said it was always refreshing getting new staff, especially when they are commencing their policing careers.
"Their excitement is contagious and invigorates the local staff that will be involved in their training," Mr O'Brien said.
"An added bonus of this group is they are all from regional areas. This means they will already have a fair handle on what it is like to be part of a community and the importance of being professional and building relationships."
The officers will complete 12 months on-the-job training and study by distance education with Charles Sturt University before they officially graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice.
Once they graduate, the officers will then be confirmed in the rank of Constable