A male and a female police officer in uniform smile as Steph Cooke speaks to them outside the Cootamundra Police Station.
This photo was taken before social distancing measures.

The Member for Cootamundra has welcomed an increase in police across the electorate, with new Probationary Constables joining the region’s ranks.

Steph Cooke welcomed the announcement recruits from Class 340 would be soon on local beats, as part of a $583 million investment from the NSW Government over four years.

“This is a huge boost for the Cootamundra electorate, these new recruits mean more boots on the ground, particularly in uncertain times,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is one of the largest intakes of new recruits into my electorate at one time, I am so proud to welcome these men and women to our beautiful part of NSW and wish them every success in their policing careers.”

Ms Cooke said two recruits will be based in Young, with West Wyalong, Cowra and Narrandera receiving one new officer each.

The 263 new recruits to the NSW Police Force were sworn in as probationary constables in Goulburn during a private attestation ceremony.

Class 340 includes 177 men and 86 women. Some recruits entered the NSW Police Academy straight from school or university, while others left established professional careers and trades.

The recruits have completed eight months of foundational training.

Thirty-one recruits were born overseas in countries including Italy, Afghanistan, USA, Thailand and Lebanon. Five recruits are Indigenous with two coming through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.