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    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    Fast-tracked graduations to support the front line

    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    Fast-tracked graduations to support the front line

    Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has announced the graduations of police recruits who are nearing the completion of their training will be fast-tracked.

    This will achieve two objectives.

    It will reduce the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 in Queensland’s Police Academies, which house over 750 recruits, in-service course participants and training staff across three campuses.

    Secondly, it will immediately support the number of front-line police officers.

    Police recruits undergo a training regime that takes approximately six months.

    Commissioner Carroll said the decision was sensible and in the best interests of the community.

    “These decisions have not been taken lightly by the leadership of the Queensland Police Service, however they achieve two key objectives – they remove a significant number of people out of the Academy thus removing some of the risks.

    “And it also provides much needed police officers for the front line at a critical time not only for the Police Service but for the people of Queensland,” the Commissioner said.

    There are currently four intakes of recruits at the Oxley campus and one intake at the Townsville campus. 

    Police recruit intake 4 of 2019 consists of 83 recruits who commenced their training on 30 September 2019.

    These recruits will now graduate today, bringing this date forward from the scheduled 2nd of April.

    Police Minister Mark Ryan welcomed the Commissioner’s decision.

    “These are not ordinary times and we have to prepare for what lies ahead.

    “Commissioner Carroll has rightly recognised that it is better to take action early, to support the ranks of our police now.

    “The Police Commissioner’s decision will also free up officers who would otherwise be involved in training those recruits, further supporting the number of officers on the front line,” the Minister said.

    Commissioner Carroll has assured the community the actions being taken will not in any way diminish the capability of our graduates to perform their newly sworn duties as police officers. 

    Every graduate will be provided with the highest level of professional supervision in their early months as occurs with every graduate from the Academy. 

    Ends

    Media contacts 

    Minister Ryan’s Office: Ph: (07) 3035 8300

    Police Media: Ph: (07) 3015 2444

    Media note: This afternoon Police Media will provide video of the graduation. 

    Media note: Below is a breakdown of where the new officers will be deployed.

     

    BRISBANE REGION

    North Brisbane District

               Petrie Station 1

               City Station 1

               Hendra Station 1

               Fortitude Valley Station 4

               Stafford Station 1

               Ferny Grove Station 1

    South Brisbane District

               Carina Station 1

               Sherwood Station 1

               Upper Mount Gravatt Station 3

               Mt Ommaney Station 2

               Inala Station 2

               Cleveland Station 1

      

    CENTRAL REGION

    Mackay District

               Mackay Station 5

               Bowen Station 1

               Moranbah Station 1

               Sarina Station 1

    Capricornia District

               Gladstone Station 6

    Wide Bay Burnett District

               Bundaberg Station 3

     

    NORTHERN REGION

    Townsville District

               Stuart Station 1

               Townsville Station 3

               Mundingburra Station 1

               Deeragun Station 1

               Upper Ross Station 1

    Far North District

               Cairns Station 4

               Edmonton Station 1

               Smithfield Station 1

               Innisfail Station 2

               

    SOUTH EASTERN REGION

    Logan District

               Browns Plains Station 1

               Beaudesert Station 1

               Beenleigh Station 1

               Logan Central Station 5

               Loganholme Station 1

    Gold Coast District

               Southport Station 1

               Coomera Station 1

               Nerang Station 1

               Mudgeeraba Station 1

     

    SOUTHERN REGION

    Moreton District

               Redcliffe Station 2

    Ipswich District

               Ipswich Station 5

    Darling Downs District

               Toowoomba Station 4

    South West District

               Charleville Station 2

               Kingaroy Station 2

               Longreach Station 2

               Murgon Station 2