Launceston to get 10 new cops


LAUNCESTON will receive 10 new police officers who graduated from the police training academy in the state's south yesterday.

Nineteen officers aged between 20 and 50 graduated yesterday after completing an intensive 28-week course, the second cohort for the year.

Evandale's Luke Hooper, 31, will join the beat in Launceston next week, and rejoin his wife and three children aged five, three and eight months.

"It's been very tough, but very rewarding so far," he said.

The former employment consultant said he had always wanted to be a police officer, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather who was an English bobby.

Launceston's Daniel Gaden, 37, said he was looking forward to putting his training into practice.

His inspiration for policing came from working in the busy emergency department at the Royal Hobart hospital, he said.

"I guess it was just the excitement of a full-on job where there was always something going on," he said.

Helen Smyth, 42, a former botanist with university degrees in education and science, will also move to Launceston to begin her new career.

Police Commissioner Darren Hine said the new constables joined a profession that served the community with integrity, equity and accountability.

Police Minister Rene Hidding said the graduates took the number of front-line officers in the state to 1120, and said the government would boost this to 1228 within its first term of office.

The next group of 20 recruits will begin training on May 19, and graduate in December.

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