Experienced Officers Begin New Chapter On Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Police District welcomed eight additional frontline police today, upon completion of the PACE (Police Abridged Competency Education) program, acknowledging their invaluable policing experience from interstate and international police jurisdictions.

PACE is an 18-week program that recognises previous policing experience and builds on their existing background in policing, with the program covering theory, as well as skills-based training and assessment items.

The program includes a combination of theory and skills-based training and assessment, building on the cohort’s existing background in policing.

A generous relocation incentive of $20,000 is currently available to successful graduates of the PACE program, providing crucial support to assist in their transition to serve the Queensland community.

Gold Coast District Officer Chief Superintendent Craig Hanlon extended a warm welcome to the eight new First Year Constables who embarked on their policing careers with the QPS.

“Our new recruits consistently bring an impressive array of skills, experiences, and fresh perspectives to the Queensland Police Service.

“These skills are essential for addressing the diverse challenges faced by the Gold Coast community.

“The Gold Coast is a unique and bustling region that requires a robust and responsive police force. The addition of these new recruits will help to strengthen our community presence. We are grateful for their service and dedication.

“They’ll be joining a team of professionals deeply committed to the safety and well-being of the Gold Coast community.

“I am confident that these new recruits will make a meaningful impact on the Gold Coast community, and I wish them great success as they begin their new careers in Queensland policing.”

This graduation includes five officers from NSW Police Force and two officers from Victoria Police. This intake also sees an officer from New Zealand joining the Queensland Police Service.

The cohort brings a wealth of experience in frontline policing, plus relevant studies in law, investigation, and public safety.

All eight officers will now be deployed to various stations across the Gold Coast as they embark on their new careers and their ongoing commitment to keeping their communities safe.

• Nerang – 3

• Palm Beach – 1

• Pimpama – 1

• Robina – 2

• Southport – 1

Their deployment on the Gold Coast is crucial as the region continues to grow and evolve, necessitating a proactive and responsive police presence.

There are currently 625 recruits in training and 2,289 applicants in the recruiting pipeline, with more than 580 applications for the PACE program, which is the highest number in the Queensland Police Service history.

A career within the Queensland Police Service is like no other. From protecting, responding, and investigating, to supporting, rescuing and learning – the sheer variety of roles make it both a challenging and rewarding career.

As a police officer, you can have one career that has endless possibilities. Now really is the best time to join.

Visit PoliceRecruit.qld.gov.au to kickstart your policing career and make a positive impact in your community.

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