New recruits hit the streets

New recruits: Fairfield's new probationary constables last week. 'Class 337' includes 176 policemen and 85 policewomen. Picture: Chris Lane
New recruits: Fairfield's new probationary constables last week. 'Class 337' includes 176 policemen and 85 policewomen. Picture: Chris Lane

Probationary constable Kan Dao said he was looking forward to working with the community to reduce crime - and the "fear" of crime.

Mr Dao is one of 11 new recruits who started at Fairfield City Police Area Command last week. Chloe Boyling, Michael Calleja, Dominic Herger, Lisa-Marie Jorgensen, Georgia Lewis, William Lim, Dean Nguyen, Aakash Shukla, Jenny Tran and Marko Tunjic were part of 'Class 337' who graduated from the Police Academy in Goulburn. They will complete 12 months on-the-job training and study of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education.

When asked how his first few days on the job were Mr Dao said: "It is a challenge, however my colleagues at Fairfield PAC are very knowledgeable and guided me through any of my questions."

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the officers will experience the "great challenges and rewards" of serving the community.

"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," he said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: "Our frontline police officers put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect the community."