Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Cowra Police Station today to welcome new recruit Constable Joseph Fidock to the team.

PC Fidock attested from Class 335 at the Goulburn Police Academy in December, embarking upon his policing career in Cowra at the end of the year.

Ms Cooke congratulated the station’s newest constable on attesting from the academy after more than eight months of training and university education.

“Community safety is absolutely paramount, and I am thrilled to welcome PC Fidock to the Cowra community,” Ms Cooke said.

“Becoming a sworn police officer is a tremendous honour. The mere presence of a blue uniform puts our minds at ease, however, it also comes with enormous challenges.

“As a community, we turn to the police in our worst hour and expect them to stand in harm’s way to prevent and disrupt criminal activity.”

PC Fidock is the fourth constable promised to the Cowra community following calls for additional staff from the Police Association last year.

Probationary constables Logan Harris, David Hutchinson and Bec McCorkindale were officially welcomed to the community in October, with PC Fidock commencing duties in December.

“I’m very proud to have worked with the Cowra branch of the Police Association and to be able to stand here today and see a promise delivered,”

Ms Cooke said.Minister for Police Troy Grant said the Liberals & Nationals Government has also committed to fortify the force into the future with the recent investment of more than $583 million over four years to deliver 1500 extra police.

“This will ensure we’re not only able to maintain the current level of service and protection the community expects, but can also meet emerging crime trends head-on,” Mr Grant said.

“The security and safety of the people of NSW is a top priority for this Government and these latest Probationary Officers will be a great asset in helping to identify, disrupt and combat crime in the local community.”