No Degree Needed for New Cop Recruits

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Leah Kidd

REPORTER

leah.kidd@news-mail.com.au

THE Queensland Police Service has removed the need for tertiary qualification to become a police officer and is calling for new Bundaberg recruits to join the ranks.

An information seminar will be held tonight at the Bundaberg Police District Office from 6pm.

The call for recruits comes just weeks after new Commissioner Ian Stewart announced a proposed shake-up of the department, which will make 110 state-commissioned officersCO jobs redundant as well as 212 other staff positions.

Police Superintendent Rowan Bond said the government had given a commitment to put 1100 officers on the front line this term.

C[pounds sterling]Any positions that go from higher ranks will be reallocated to a frontline position,C[yen] he said.

Senior Constable Danielle Loftus said the pool had now been opened.

C[pounds sterling]You donCOt need to have a tertiary degree Co most people now have the opportunity to apply,C[yen] she said.

Candidates must be 18 years of age and have completed Year 12.

Constable Daniel McWhinney graduated from the Queensland Police Academy one month ago.

Const McWhinney said the academy was very challenging.

C[pounds sterling]I wanted a diverse career that had many different options and wasnCOt a 9am-5pm job,C[yen] he said. …