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Largest intake of Australian Federal Police recruits in more than a decade.



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MEDIA RELEASE

 

Minister for Justice & Customs

Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Senator for South Australia

 

41/99

Monday 22 March 1999

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Largest intake of Australian Federal Police recruits in

more than a decade

 

 

Minister for Just ice and Customs, Amanda Vanstone today welcomed 86 new recruits to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

 

This is the largest recruit course to pass through the AFP College since 1984.

 

The 55 men and 31 women bring with them an impressive range of tertiary qualifications including degrees in Arts, Law, Criminal Justice, Behavioural Science, Commerce, Police Studies, Economics, Management and Politics to name a few.

 

Ages of course participants range from 21 to 41 with the average age being 26 years. Many of the course participants speak a second language including, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Malaysian, Japanese and Arabic.

 

“One of the key elements of the reform program for the AFP endorsed by the Government was the recruiting of additional staff for the organisation,” Senator Vanstone said.

 

“The addition of another 86 recruits with such a diversity of backgrounds and impressive range of qualifications is tangible evidence that additional funding under the Government’s reform program is paying dividends.

 

“I said in December last year that a highlight for me in 1998 had been welcoming 65 new members to the AFP. It gives me equal pleasure to now extend my greetings to this new group of 86, who have chosen policing as their preferred career.”

 

Of the 86 recruits beginning training today, it is expected that 22 will be deployed to community policing duties within the ACT while the remainder will be seconded nationally.

 

Further information:

Kevin Donnellan, Minister Vanstone’s office, (02) 6277 7260 or 0419 400 078

Tracey Dickerson, Australian Federal Police; (02) 6275 7100 or 0412 627 148

 

 

 

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