Griffith Police welcomed their newest recruit to the ranks Monday. Probationary Constable Lachlan Edwards is one of four new faces that will be joining police stations in the Murrumbidgee this week.
Coming from Broken Hill NSW, Constable Edwards has grown up seeing the police in his town connect with and support the community.
"I'm from a small town and seeing the police work, I always wanted to do it," Constable Edwards said.
"Seeing who they helped and speaking to the people they helped made me want to do that sort of thing too."
Many challenges await Griffith's newest officer, not least of which is having to get acquainted with a new town.
Constable Edwards said that missing the lifestyle and his family back home were some aspects of the job that you needed to overcome when starting out. Thankfully, Griffith isn't too different to home and Constable Edwards has already spent some time here to get familiar with the community.
"I've been here a fair bit already, so I know the lay of the land," Constable Edwards said.
Constable Edwards is one of four fresh graduates from the NSW Police Force Academy who are beginning this week in the Murrumbidgee. Probationary Constable Ash Wacher will be stationed in Hay, Dylan Pulbrook in Orange and Emily Willims in Leeton.
Probationary Constable Emily Willims is excited to get started in helping the community and making new mates in the town.
"I've always been interested in policing ever since I was a kid," Constable Willims said.
"I'm very fortunate that I made it through the academy and the recruitment process and it's pretty exciting to get started."
The NSW Police Force graduated 192 recruits from the Police Academy in Goulburn last Friday. Murrumbidgee Police District Commander, Superintendent Craig Ireland said in a press release that he is looking forward to welcoming the new recruits.
"These officers will make a positive impact on our community as they take on front line operational policing positions," Supt Ireland said.