New recruits ready to serve

Officers Craig Turner, Jordana McLaurin-Smith, Rachel Daniels and Leigh Jamieson are excited to join St Marys Local Area Command after graduating from the Academy last Friday. Photo: Melinda Jane
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Four fresh-faced recruits have just finished their first week on the job at St Marys Local Area Command.

Officers Craig Turner, Leigh Jamieson, Jordana McLaurin-Smith and Rachel Daniels have just begun their police careers attached to St Marys Police Station.

The officers will be able to experience all aspects of the job by working closely with other officers, facing whatever happens in the local area.

“They’ll be working with two senior officers for a little while,” Sergeant Gordon Stacey said.

“They’ll spend the first few weeks out doing whatever work comes up. It will be a bit of everything for them.”

The students from ‘Class 329’ of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice were sworn in at an Attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn last Friday.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione welcomed 130 new probationary constables into the NSW Police Force, including the four new recruits in St Marys and one in Penrith.

“Policing is a unique career path that will offer these new probationary constables various rewarding opportunities each day they serve the community,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“I’m confident that they will uphold the Force’s statement of values in performing those duties and in doing so will represent the organisation proudly.”

Sergeant Stacey said that while each year it is luck of the draw for how many recruits each local command ends up with, he is consistently proud of the officers attached to St Marys.

“It could be anywhere between one and four recruits,” Sergeant Stacey said.

“They all seem really keen and excited to be here. They’re a great addition to the Local Area Command.”

The recruits were full of energy and pride when the Weekender caught up with them this week, shortly after they hit the street for the first time.

“I’ve wanted to be an officer for a very long time,” Ms McLaurin-Smith admitted.

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