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Record police recruits to start in Qld

Queensland Police are set to welcome 142 recruits into their academy, the largest intake in a decade.

After Monday's record intake, another 72 recruits are expected to join the Oxley Police Academy in November.

Police Minister Mark Ryan, visiting the Townsville Police Academy on Sunday, said the increase in numbers was thanks to the biggest policing investment in thirty years.

"Police have been on the borders, in the airports and managing hotel quarantine," he said.

"We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Queensland Police Service for helping to keep the virus out and save lives."

The Queensland government has promised to deliver an extra 2025 police and a $300 million capital works program to deliver new and upgraded police facilities across the state.

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