Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Victoria Police Academy’s graduation ceremony in Glen Waverley for 46 new officers. These recruits were the first recruits to undertake the extended 33 week syllabus, up from 20 weeks.
The event represented the culmination of many months of commitment and dedication by these recruits to achieve successful graduation from the Academy. It was great to see their excitement and anticipation as they prepared to leave the Academy for operational deployment.
These recruits are part of the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s increase in frontline police to deliver a stronger, more visible police presence in our community. As part of this commitment, 1,700 new frontline officers will be trained and deployed across Victoria by 2014.
Waverley has already started to see the benefits of this strategy, with Monash receiving six additional frontline police officers over the past three months. More officers will also be allocated to Waverley over the next three years.
In order to provide the long-term capacity required for the training and development of operational police, the Academy will also receive a $27.8 million upgrade.
With the Academy located in our community, Waverley residents will benefit from an even stronger police presence and officers that are trained better than ever before.
I congratulate these new officers for their successful graduation, and wish them well in their careers as Members of Victoria Police.