Mudgee recruit goes from storeman to Police Force

Mudgee Local Area Command welcomed two probationary constables to their force on Tuesday as the latest recruits from Goulburn’s NSW Police Force Academy begin work.

Constables Jarrod Low (Mudgee) and Kristy Kohlbach (Coonabarabran) were two of 437 graduates to attest from Class 316 in Goulburn on Friday.

Mr Low said he decided to join the force for a new, exciting career path after some time as a storeman.

Originally from Muswellbrook, the 22-year-old said he chose Mudgee because it was a nice town not too far away from home.

After being only hours in the job, Mr Low described his first day as “overwhelming”.

“It’s been a busy and long eight months while I was at Goulburn,” he said.

“I always wanted to do policing from school days as I knew I was never going to be a lawyer.”

The new constable said his parents were supportive of the move into the force.

His uncle serves in the Raymond Terrace command.

Class 316 consisted of 315 male and 122 female recruits. They range in age from 19 to 47 years, with many coming to NSW Police after working in a variety of other careers.

The students also come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Sixteen identify as being from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, and 44 were born in countries other than Australia, including India, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nepal, Ireland and Libya.

Both constable Low and Kohlbach will now complete 12 months on-the-job training and study by distance education with Charles Sturt University before they officially graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice.

All of Friday’s new police officers received a commemorative pin celebrating the fact they are joining the Force in the 150th year of policing in NSW.

ON THE BEAT: Probationary constable Jarrod Low spent his first day with the Mudgee Local Area Command on Tuesday.280812/JarrodLow/1957

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