Northern recruits begin their training at University of Tasmania’s Newnham campus

17 northern-based Tasmania Police recruits have begun their studies in Launceston this week, training at the University of Tasmania’s Newnham campus.

This is the first time in Tasmania Police’s history that recruits have been able to complete their training in northern Tasmania.

Part of Course 1 – 2022 (alongside 23 southern-based recruits), the training is being delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face learning, including live-streamed lessons from the Rokeby Police Academy.

Education and Training Commander Jason Elmer said the pilot course was an exciting opportunity for people outside of southern Tasmania.

“We know in the past people have been keen to join Tasmania Police but haven’t been able to move to Hobart to complete the recruit course due to family or other commitments,” he said.

“Having this pilot course based at the University’s Newnham campus allows the trainee constables to remain close to home during their training.”

“We’re committed to developing police officers who have contemporary skills and knowledge, which is why we partner with the University of Tasmania to provide them with evidence-based learning opportunities,” Commander Elmer said.

“All our police recruits will complete 15 units of a Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree during their 31-week training course, and they’ll have the ability to complete this degree as they progress through the policing ranks.”

“We are now actively recruiting for our upcoming recruit courses,” he said.

“Wherever you live in Tasmania, if you want a solid, rewarding, and exciting career – get in touch with our recruitment team today at