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Mr Gulaptis is pictured with new constables in the Clarence who graduated last October (L-R) James O’Brien and Alison Rice with Chief Inspector Jo Reid, Officer-in-Charge of Grafton. Image: Contributed

Record North Coast police numbers swell further

Twenty-nine new officers joined the ranks of Northern NSW Police commands last week, including one for the Coffs/Clarence police district and four for the Richmond district which enforces the law in the Richmond Valley, Ballina and Lismore local government areas, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

“They are part of a cohort of 202 probationary officers who have just graduated from the Police Academy in Goulburn,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“They form another installment to deliver the Nationals in Government’s $583 million election promise for a record 1500 increase in police numbers over this term in Government, a deal I was privileged to be part of alongside former Grafton detective and now Police Association boss Tony King.

“On behalf of the Clarence and Richmond Valley communities I represent, I am pleased to be able to welcome our newest police officers.”

Class 346 includes 149 men and 55 women. Six recruits are Indigenous. Twenty-two recruits were born overseas in countries including Pakistan, Syria and Colombia. Many are from non-English speaking backgrounds, with seven recruits fluent in a second language including Punjabi, Hungarian and Spanish.