Police Minister Paul Papalia and Commissioner Chris Dawson have welcomed 51 new police constables as they begin their careers with the WA Police Force.
The 34 men and 17 women from Gold and Blue squads graduated overnight at a ceremony held at the Joondalup Police Academy.
The new officers vary in age from 19 to 53 years old, with an average age of 28 years.
Nearly half of the graduates were born overseas in countries including Singapore, Liberia, China, India, Belgium, South Africa, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The diverse range of backgrounds is representative of the community they will serve and all bring varied skills and life experience to their new roles as police officers.
Previous occupations include a taxi driver, veterinary nurse, underground miner, locksmith, basketball coach, car salesperson, and a fitness instructor.
The graduates have spent the past six months at the Joondalup Police Academy as part of intensive training program and will now undertake a further 12 months on the job training as probationary constables.
As stated by Police Minister Paul Papalia:
“I congratulate our latest graduating police officers and welcome them to the Force.
“The number of police continues to grow as part of the McGowan Government’s massive investment and expansion of the WA Police Force.
“These new officers will be deployed across the State as determined by the Commissioner.
“I wish all our new officers long, rewarding and safe careers and thank them for the work they do on behalf of the community of Western Australia.”