Steph Cooke speaks with police officers. They lean against walls and smile.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed two new probationary constables who will commence duties in Cowra and Narrandera after being sworn in at a private attestation ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy last week.

Ms Cooke said the two probationary constables would be welcomed by the community.

“I am so pleased to welcome one new officer to Narrandera and one to Cowra, these postings bring new people to our regions where they can build a life and become part of the community,” Ms Cooke said.

“We have never depended more on our emergency services than we have in 2020, so I am proud of this boost to our police numbers. I know they will be warmly welcomed by the community.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the recruits on their dedication and hard work as they embarked on their chosen career in policing.

“Our 192 recruits of Class 343 come at an important time for the state of NSW. I wish them well as they embark on their chosen career,” Mr Elliott said.

“These officers can be assured that they have the full support of this government as they step into their career in law enforcement and service to the community.”

Last year, the NSW Government announced it was investing $583 million to introduce 1500 extra police over four years to enhance community safety across NSW.

Class 343 includes 130 men and 62 women and includes recruits from a diverse background.

Twenty-three recruits were born overseas in countries including Zimbabwe, Chile and South Korea. Many are from non-English speaking backgrounds, with nine recruits fluent in a second language including Arabic, Korean and Vietnamese.

Six recruits are Indigenous with four coming through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.

The recruits have completed eight months of foundational training and those allocated to commands In Cowra and Narrandera will report to their stations from Monday 12 October 2020.