South Australia’s 4,300th police officer was among 17 cadets graduating at Fort Largs police academy this morning.
The State Government is well on track to provide an extra 700 police above attrition, by the end of June, with the 4,400th officer now in training at the Fort Largs Academy.
“The latest recruitment of 4 women and 13 men, all from South Australia, will ensure more police are available for frontline policing duties, which will assist in deterring crime and safeguarding the community.
“The State Government is extremely proud of our police officers and all 17 members will be posted to metropolitan Local Service Areas while they complete the initial phase of their probationary constable training,” Minister Wright said.
The new officers, who’ll today mark the culmination of 36 weeks of intense training, range in age between 21 and 46 years with an average age of 27.9.
“Our police do an excellent job and these extra officers will have an important role in helping to make SA better and safer place to live and on behalf of the community, I thank them for stepping forward and taking on this challenging role.”
One of the graduates, 22 Year-old Daryl Drury, a former fitness instructor, was the winner of three individual awards for his high level of performance and achievements throughout the course.
Per capita, South Australia continues to lead the nation, having highest rate of sworn police officers of any Australian State.
Furthermore, the 2009 Report on Government Services showed that 89.3% of SAPOL staff were assigned to operational duties, the highest in Australia and well above the national average of 83.9%.
“The Government made a commitment to the people of SA that we would work hard to provide better police resources and we’re determined to continue to deliver on that commitment.”
There are 33 women and 86 men, a total of 119 cadets, still in training at the Police Academy.