Steph Cooke MP, Probationary Constable Josh Meads-Barlow, Inspector Frank Brown and Sgt Jill Gibson stand in front of the Cootamundra Police Station.
Steph Cooke MP, Probationary Constable Josh Meads-Barlow, Inspector Frank Brown and Sgt Jill Gibson

The Cootamundra electorate is welcoming three new Probationary Constables from the first graduation class of 2021.

One Probationary Constable will be joining the Murrumbidgee Police District and based in West Wyalong, one in the Chifley Police District at Cowra and one at the Riverina Police District based in Cootamundra.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke met with Probationary Constable Josh Meads-Barlow in Cootamundra who has joined the Riverina Police District.

Ms Cooke welcomed all the new recruits to the Cootamundra electorate as they start their careers with the NSW Police.

“Our police officers are a vital part of our community and it’s a role that can be extremely challenging, so I thank these new recruits for taking on this career of service,” Ms Cooke said.

“From Class 345 we are seeing new officers posted to three out of our four Police Districts in the Cootamundra electorate, reflecting this government’s commitment to creating safer regional communities.”

The new police officers have completed eight months of foundational training and will report to their new stations on Monday.

Class 345 includes 139 men and 55 women. Some recruits entered the NSW Police Academy straight from school or university, while others left established professional careers and trades such as teachers, ambulance officers and a jockey.

The NSW Government has committed $583 million over four years to deliver 1500 new police officers – the biggest single increase for the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years.