Port Stephens has welcomed two new probationary constables to its ranks.
Fred Saba and Kodi Lane, who graduated from the police academy in Goulburn at the start of May, reported to Raymond Terrace Police Station on Monday for an induction and were expected to begin their duties on Wednesday.
"These are the first probationary constables, straight out of the academy, to come to Raymond Terrace in the past 15 months," Sergeant Kevin Armstrong, Port Stephens-Hunter Police District's education development officer, said.
"We had two start about eight months ago but they are based in Maitland.
"It is always good to have new people join the district, whether they are probationary officers or transfers."
Probationary constables Saba and Lane said they were happy to be stationed in Raymond Terrace.
The Port Stephens-Hunter Police District was the pair's first preference when it came to picking locations to work out of the academy.
"I was pretty happy to get my first preference," Saba said. "My family is here. It was a family decision to stay regional."
Asked why he joined the NSW Police Force, probationary constable Saba said it offered him a better work life balance.
Probationary constable Lane said he wanted to "try something different".
"I've previously worked in jobs where I've helped people," he said.
"That's what being a police officer is all about - being there when things do happen and people need help."
The pair were two of 261 police recruits that formed Class 337 and graduated from the academy on May 3.
"To uphold the values of the NSW Police Force takes hard work, dedication and commitment, and all these new officers have demonstrated they have the drive to succeed," NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.
"I am proud to welcome our new recruits and wish them the very best as they begin work in their new communities."
The 176 policemen and 85 policewomen will now complete 12 months of on-the-job training and study.
They must pass the Associate Degree in Policing Practice, done through distance education with Charles Sturt University, before being confirmed to the rank of constable.
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