The announcement of two new police officers for the Oxley Police District is fantastic news for Tamworth and Gunnedah, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said following today’s police attestation at the Goulburn Police Academy, the two new probationary constables will begin duties at Tamworth and Gunnedah on Thursday.

“This is great news for our region. This year we’ve had seven recruits from the Academy come to Oxley PD after more than eight months of training and university education.

“Community safety is absolute, so I am really pleased to welcome the new probationary constables to our communities.

“Since I’ve been the Member for Tamworth we’ve seen 53 probationary constables located in the Oxley Police District.

“Becoming a sworn police officer is a tremendous honour. The mere presence of a blue uniform puts our minds at ease however it also comes with enormous challenges.

“As a community, we turn to the police in our worst hour and expect them to stand in harm’s way to prevent and disrupt criminal activity.

“I’m always thinking of ways we can do better for our communities and I’ve been working hard to get the message to my colleagues.

“Next week I’ll be in Gunnedah to welcome the Police Minister Troy Grant who will be opening the $8.2 million new police station.

“We’ve seen the NSW Police Regional Enforcement Squad located in Tamworth, which will investigate and tackle mid-level crime issues, including the fight against drugs in regional areas.

“Now we have two new specialist domestic violence officers stationed in Tamworth as part of a western NSW high-risk domestic violence team and there is the commitment of more than $583 million over four years to deliver 1500 extra police.

“I commend our newest officers on making the decision to put the community’s safety above their own, and joining one of the proudest organisations in the State,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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