North Coast

Eight new cops welcomed to the Coffs/Clarence And Richmond commands

Eight new probationary constables are set to arrive in the Clarence and Richmond Valley regions after they were sworn in at the Goulburn Police Academy last Friday, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“This is another down payment on the Government’s historic commitment to increase the NSW Police Force by a record 1500 officers and I warmly welcome these young men and women to our local area,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Like nurses, ambos and other emergency service people, police are part of our front line defence against COVID-19 and I am sure these new officers will do us proud.”

The graduates are from class 343 at the Academy which included 130 men and 62 women and from diverse backgrounds.

“Some were born in far flung places like Zimbabwe, Chile and South Korea and some are home grown locals like 29-year-old Sam Cornish who is currently serving as a councillor on Richmond Valley Council.

“It was terrific to learn that Sam is one of the graduates from class 343 and I know he will make a fine young officer.

“What unites them all is their desire to keep NSW safe and I am sure the local community will join me in congratulating them on their career choice and supporting them in their important work,” Mr Gulaptis concluded.