A staggering 143 new recruits have commenced their training at Queensland Police Academies in Oxley and Townsville, marking the first intake for the year. This development has propelled the total number of police recruits to a historic high of 681, breaking previous records.
The interest in joining the Queensland Police Service has surged, with nearly 2,000 registered recruit applicants hailing from Queensland, interstate, and overseas jurisdictions.
This surge comes on the heels of the Queensland Police Service’s largest-ever recruitment marketing campaign, “Challenging, Rewarding, Policing,” launched in 2023, alongside a series of enticing incentives.
The State Government has announced significant measures to attract potential recruits, including a special cost-of-living allowance, free accommodation for recruits residing at police academies, relocation assistance of $20,000 for interstate and overseas applicants with policing experience, and financial support of up to $20,000 for eligible HECS debts for successful police recruit graduates.
Mark Ryan, the Police and Community Safety Minister, praised the Queensland Police Service’s recruitment efforts.
“The Queensland Police Service has intensified its recruitment drive, resulting in an unprecedented number of recruits. For the first time ever, close to 700 recruits are now undergoing training at Queensland Police Academies,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner of People Capability Command, Mark Kelly, expressed his astonishment at the strong interest in joining the Queensland Police Service, even in a highly competitive job market in Australia. He emphasized the importance of recruiting individuals who align with the organization’s values and are dedicated to ensuring Queensland’s safety.
Aspiring police officers are encouraged to visit PoliceRecruit.qld.gov.au to begin their journey towards a fulfilling career and contribute positively to their communities.