A new probationary constable has commenced duties at Cowra Police Station following a formal attestation ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy last month.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed probationary constable Aiden Atkinson to the Chifley Police District.

“It is fantastic to have Aiden begin his police career here, gaining experience in a country town, and to have new resources continuing to support our smaller communities,” Ms Cooke said.

“Aiden joins the strong and experienced team at Cowra who I know will be very supportive of him in this new role.”

“Hopefully new police officers like Aiden, who are joining the ranks in regional areas, will choose to stay regional in their careers because we need them and country life has so much to offer,” she added.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole congratulated the newest recruits in Goulburn.

“The students of Class 352 have committed themselves to eight months of training at the Police Academy and should be acknowledged for their achievements,” Mr Toole said.

“Our current police officers across the state will welcome the new probationary constables over the coming weeks as they join the beat in regional, rural and metro communities.

“The NSW Government is proud to offer its continued support to the NSW Police Force as we strive to keep the people of NSW safe.”

The NSW Government announced in 2019 the delivery of 1500 additional officers over four years to enhance community safety across NSW.

Class 352 includes 142 men and 60 women from all ages, backgrounds and regions across the state and country.