26/11/2007 - 14:48

Recruitment boost for WA Police

26/11/2007 - 14:48

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The WA Police Academy has welcomed its single biggest induction of trainees today.

The WA Police Academy has welcomed its single biggest induction of trainees today.

The 122 trainees, including the State's first 20 police cadets, attended a special ceremony at the Joondalup Police Academy with Police Minister John Kobelke and Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan.

Mr Kobelke said it was great to see so many people eager to become WA police officers and make a commitment to the community.

"There were 250 extra police officers delivered in the first term of the Labor Government and WA Police are on track to deliver the extra 350 officers above attrition that were promised in this term of government," he said.

"There are now 160 civilian staff employed to enable police to return to the frontline with new aircraft, tasers, modern communications equipment and new and improved police stations.

"The State Government is extremely proud of its officers and will continue to resource them with up-to-date facilities and equipment, enabling them to deliver results which have seen burglaries cut by 38 per cent, car theft falling by 38 per cent and theft down by 9.7 per cent since June 2001."

The new recruits, split into four squads, include 65 local applicants and 57 overseas officers entering through the 'Direct Entry, Accelerated Training Program'.

Some of the direct entry officers have served in the Australian and British defence forces, others speak multiple languages, and bring with them specialist skills in areas such as child protection, fingerprints, dog-handling and counter-terrorism.

Each of the 20 cadets were recruited in February to undertake a traineeship (certificate III business) and today sworn in as police officers. Recent changes to the entry age from 19 to 18 years enabled their earlier integration.

The Minister said the local recruits also had varied backgrounds that included mine surveying, aviation security, engineering, and working in the trades and retail industries.

"The police continue to do an excellent job and as a Government we will continue to support our hard-working officers," Mr Kobelke said.

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