Treasurer Curtis Pitt has today announced a boost for local police with nine new officers set to hit the beat across Far North Queensland.

Mr Pitt said these nine First Year Constables (FYCs) were among 71 new recruits sworn into the Queensland Police Service last week.

“The police perform such a vital role in the community and the Palaszczuk Government is grateful for all the work they do to keep the people of Far North Queensland safe,” he said.

“Our new officers have spent the last few months getting trained up and working hard to learn the ropes. I look forward to working with them and all of our local police to get good outcomes for our community.”

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne said the addition of these new officers to local area builds on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to extra police across Queensland.

“These officers will first be based at Smithfield, Edmonton, Cairns, Atherton and Mareeba stations and will spend the next twelve month learning on the job and getting as much experience as possible,” he said.

“First Year Constables bring with them great enthusiasm, new ways of thinking and open minds.”

“The FYCs will be able to work closely with our more experienced officers and take advice from the many who have come before them.

“Cairns and the Far North is a great place to live and work and I welcome them wholeheartedly to our community.

“I look forward to seeing them out and about and joining with us at community events and celebrations.

“I wish them all the very best for their careers ahead.”