Wednesday, April 17, 2024

WA Police training capacity to double

The Western Australia Police Academy is doubling the number of cadet courses it runs, in a bid to dramatically boost the number of new officers entering the force.

Up to 1,000 recruits are set to begin training before July 2024, with the academy increasing personnel, infrastructure and equipment at the Joondalup facility.

WA Police Minister, Paul Papalia said there had been significant growth in interest from Western Australians with 1,600 local applicants keen to join the force and more than 1,300 UK and Irish police officers applying to move to WA.

Around 150 international recruits have already received a visa or are awaiting approval.

“There has been enormous interest from potential recruits both here in Western Australia and as a result of the State Government’s international jobs campaign,” the Minister said.

“Doubling the WA Police Academy capacity puts us on track to fulfil our commitment of adding 950 extra police officers to the frontline.

“I look forward to welcoming some of the newest WA Police Force recruits during the next 12 months.”

He said the increased academy capacity will help speed up overseas recruitment, as officers must undergo a 13-week transitional course on arrival.

It is anticipated the first international hires will commence employment in September.

By October, the WA Police Academy will regularly be training in excess of 12 recruit squads simultaneously with the academy to eventually reach peak capacity at 19 squads.

“I know I’m biased, but I genuinely believe there is no better job in the world than being a police officer, and no better place to do it than right here, in Western Australia,” said WA Police Commissioner, Col Blanch.

“These new recruits will join a police force which is in many ways leading the nation and the world in terms of technology and methodology. 

“They will embark on a rewarding and exciting career which will take them across our State and see them receive unique opportunities. Some will become detectives, or forensic specialists, or serve with the air wing. Some will work their way into water Police or our mounted section or even the tactical response group. Some will do all of the above. 

“We thank the State Government for its support to grow our Western Australian Police force. 

“And I thank my officers who have worked hard to find a way to double our recruitment capacity at the academy.

“The demand to join our police force is there. It’s a once in a generation opportunity to get in. And I look forward to welcoming those who take up this opportunity.”

A WA Police Recruitment Centre has also opened in East Perth, where aspiring police recruits can seek insight into the job and apply to join the frontline.

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