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South Australia boosts Police Force with major recruitment drive

South Australia is witnessing a significant increase in its police force with the induction of new officers and the recruitment of cadets, both locally and internationally.

South Australia is witnessing a significant increase in its police force with the induction of new officers and the recruitment of cadets, both locally and internationally. This effort has been backed by a substantial investment from the state government, aiming to secure the region’s safety and improve police visibility in the community.

Minister for Police, Dan Cregan, confirmed that SAPOL (South Australia Police) has added 61 officers to its on-ground operations since May last year. This increase forms part of a broader strategy to boost the police force, which has seen 460 new cadets joining over two years and 220 recruits sworn in since July 2023 alone. “We are determined to get more police on the frontline sooner, and these results show the efforts underway are making a difference,” Cregan stated.

The increase in police numbers has been supported by a strategic investment of $12.2 million by the State Government. This funding is directed towards training approximately 900 new officers over the next three years. Additionally, an $81.8 million investment over four years will be used to recruit more Police Security Officers (PSOs). This initiative will allow more sworn officers to transition from administrative duties back to frontline roles.

Internationally, SAPOL is extending its reach with a recruitment campaign targeting up to 200 experienced officers from the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand. This campaign has already attracted over 250 applications. Incentives for international recruits include reimbursement of visa costs for them and their immediate families.

Commissioner of Police, Grant Stevens, welcomed the new graduates and emphasised the ongoing commitment to enhancing the police force. “SAPOL is progressing multiple strategies to attract and recruit police officers, and today’s graduation demonstrates everyday people are hearing the call to serve the community,” he said.

This week’s graduation ceremony saw 25 new officers, known as Course 68, join the force. These individuals were selected for their strong communication skills and their ability to engage with diverse communities, which are crucial traits for modern policing.

By focusing on both local and international recruitment strategies and reallocating resources to frontline duties, the government hopes to create a safer and more community-focused police service. This approach aims to foster a sense of security amongst the citizens and ensure that law enforcement is equipped to face contemporary challenges effectively.

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