Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has welcomed four new police officers to the Innisfail police district following their graduation from the Queensland Police Service’s Townsville Academy.

The new recruits were part of a group of 54 new constables who were officially welcomed into the Queensland Police Service at an Induction Parade at the Townsville Police Academy on Thursday.

“These new recruits have successfully completed a rigorous training regime and are ready to deliver a high level of service to local residents,” Mr Pitt said.

“This career will test them, however they will also find it a rewarding and valuable job which enables them to make a real difference to people’s lives.

 “I congratulate them on their achievement and wish them all the best for the future.

“This is also great news for the Innisfail area, which will have new officers on the ground in the community working to keep crime rates low.

“People living in the southern suburbs of Cairns will benefit from seven new constables joining the Cairns police district.

A total of 54 new constables will be stationed across the state’s north and north-west in areas including Rockhampton, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Whitsunday, Mareeba, Mount Isa and Townsville.

Mr Pitt said the graduation of the new recruits was part of the Bligh Government’s commitment to deliver an additional 203 police officers this year and 600 in this term of government.

“At a time when Queenslanders all over the state are doing it tough recovering from floods and cyclones, it’s great we have more police officers taking to the streets to enhance the safety and security of the community.”

“The Bligh Government is committed to helping local communities get back on their feet, and supporting the Queensland Police Service is an important part of that.”