Two new probationary constables further swelled the permanent ranks of the Tweed/Byron Police District on Monday, following the latest graduation of 218 officers from Class 350 at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn, Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has announced.

“As the Tweed reopens we can expect more visitors over Christmas and we can feel even safer in the knowledge there will be two more officers on the beat in our region,” Mr Provest said.

This latest addition is another instalment of the Nationals in NSW Government’s 2019 election commitment for a record 1500 increase in NSW Police.

 “That is great for Tweed public safety and great for Tweed police morale at a time of considerable pressure not just because of remaining NSW COVID restrictions, but also the border closure, which is causing pain for so many.”

Premier Dominic Perrottet congratulated our new recruits and recognised the significance of the occasion.

“Today is an important milestone for class 350, their families and friends. After eight months of intensive training, our new recruits join the finest police force in the country, and I wish them all a long and successful career,” he said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott told the new officers they were “joining a police family of more than 17,000; a modern, well-equipped force focused on driving down crime rates and protecting the community.”

Class 350 includes 163 men and 55 women. 26 recruits were born overseas in countries including Afghanistan, Colombia, Greece, Hong Kong, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica and Solomon Islands.

The recruits have completed eight months of foundational training and those allocated to commands within (insert LGA) will report to their stations from Monday 6 December 2021.