Police Recruit Course 2/2017 graduate with 50/50 gender split

20 new police recruits will be inducted into Tasmania Police at the Police Academy this morning.

Course 2/2017 started in August last year, which was the celebratory year of 100 Years of Women in Tasmania Policing.

“We’ve come a long way in supporting gender diversity in Tasmania Police over the past century. In this course, half of the graduates are women,” said the Commissioner of Police, Darren Hine.

“Two women graduated top of the class; 27-year-old Alice Thompson achieved the award of Dux and 22-year-old Courtney Sykes Runner-Up Dux. Both Constables will head to Hobart along with nine of their fellow graduates. Five new Constables will head to Launceston, while Devonport and Burnie will gain two each.”

The 20 Constables have completed 28 weeks of rigorous training at the Tasmania Police Academy, and three weeks of practical experience in various stations around the State.

“We proudly welcome 20 new Constables into the service of Tasmania Police. We hope that they will enjoy long and fulfilling careers dedicated to the Tasmanian community,” said Mr Hine.

“The career of a police officer is rewarding and varied, and we wish our new graduates well as they forge their own paths within the service,” he said.

Recruitment is taking place for the next scheduled course in May 2018. Anyone considering a career in policing is urged to submit an Express of Interest through the Recruitment section of the Tasmania Police website.