Queensland delivers more experienced police to Districts

Twelve new officers with previous interstate or overseas policing experience have celebrated the start of their new careers with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) after completing the Police Abridged Competency Education (PACE) program.

The new First Year Constables graduated from the QPS Academy at Oxley today, having completed the 18-week PACE program.

The PACE program, developed to build on the cohort’s existing frontline policing experience, includes a combination of theoretical and skills-based training and assessment.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Shane Holmes extended his congratulations to the new First Year Constables.

“Each of these officers brings a wealth of invaluable policing experience to enrich our dynamic and resilient Service,” he said.

“As these officers embark on their careers across Queensland, they embody the Service’s commitment to integrity, professionalism, respect and fairness, and community, reflecting the values of the Queensland Police Service.

“I commend their dedication to their chosen careers and extend my best wishes as they embark on this new chapter with the QPS.

“We are offering attractive financial incentives for our interstate and international police colleagues, with relocation support and higher pay from day one as a recruit, in recognition of their previous policing service.”

PACE recruit graduation March 2024

PACE recruit graduation March 2024

PACE recruit graduation March 2024

Several financial incentives are available to PACE recruits, including a generous relocation incentive of $20,000 for successful graduates, supporting their transition to serve the Queensland community.

Additionally, in recognition of their policing service, PACE recruits receive higher pay than mainstream recruits, from their first day at the academy.

Following graduation, they may earn up to $130,000 annually as a First Year Constable, based on their previous service.

The 12 new FYCs previously served in a wide variety of policing jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and other Australian states and territories before committing to continue their careers in tropical Queensland.

They bring a wealth of frontline policing experience to the service.

An additional 554 recruits are currently in training at police academies in Brisbane and Townsville, with a strong pipeline of over 2000 applicants from across Australia and overseas hoping to join them later this year.

The new graduates will now be deployed across Queensland as they embark on their uniquely challenging and rewarding careers, keeping our communities safe.

Current or recently serving police officers from Australia and overseas who are interested in continuing their careers in the Sunshine State are encouraged to explore the relevant international or interstate career pathways.

If you’re seeking a challenging and rewarding career, visit PoliceRecruit.qld.gov.au.

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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