Inspired by childhood dreams and a desire to give back to the community, four new probationary constables have started work at the Nepean Police Area Command.
Fresh from the Class 333 attestation parade at Goulburn Police Academy, the probationary constables experienced their first paid day on the job on Monday.
Probationary Constable Ryan Napper said he has wanted to be a police officer since before he started school.
“There’s a photo of me at about four-years-old in a police hat, not an official one of course, a fake one,” he joked.
“It’s been pretty much a lifelong dream for me. It feels good to be out of the academy and into a police station after such a long time training.
“My end goal is the Public Order and Riot Squad, but the main focus right now is to get these next three years [in general duties] done properly, learn properly and get the job done properly, so the offenders go away and the victims get taken care of.”
For Probationary Constable Timothy Trautsch, joining the Police Force has been a family affair.
“I’ve got lots of family in the job and they just speak of it so highly, so that inspired me,” he said.
The ceremony in Goulburn last week was a special day he will remember, with all his family in attendance including his grandmother crying with pride as she watched on.
Nepean Police Area Commander Superintendent Brett McFadden welcomed the new probationary constables to the newly merged command of Penrith and St Marys.
“It’s fantastic to have four new people working for us with not only our response to the community, but also the disruption and prevention of crime,” he said.
“It always brings a breath of fresh air when probationary constables start and it reminds us of why we joined.
“It’s very important that that’s a regular occurrence for our staff, it keeps the focus on what we need to do for the community.”
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres both congratulated the new recruits and thanked them for their extraordinary commitment to the safety and security of the people of NSW.
234 new police officers graduated from the Academy last week.
Emily Newton is the Weekender’s police and political reporter. Emily is also the Weekender’s Senior Journalist.