Young welcomes two new probationary constables

Probationary Constables Srdjan Predic and James Richards pictured at Young Police Station on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Probationary Constables Srdjan Predic and James Richards pictured at Young Police Station on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Young Police Sector has welcomed two new probationary constables.

Probationary Constables James Richards and Srdjan Predic were sworn in at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn on Friday, June 18 as part of Class 347.

Srdjan, 29, says he's wanted to be a cop since he was a student at primary school.

"It's always been one of my dreams to be a police officer ever since primary school when they had police officers come in to visit the school," he said.

"Some close friends and family are police officers and have been pretty influential. They've helped me get an understanding of what it's like. I've been a tradie since I left school, so it's a big difference."

Srdjan grew up in Liverpool and has worked as a carpenter until joining the NSW Police Force.

He said he hadn't heard much about Young, except its famous cherries.

Outside work he enjoys outdoor activities including fishing and camping.

James, 22, was inspired to join the NSW Police Force after volunteering as a firefighter during the 2019-20 NSW bushfire season.

He's from Wollombi in the Hunter Valley, about 30km southwest of Cessnock.

"I got the idea of becoming a police officer when I joined the fire brigade. It was really fun. I just loved the trucks and getting out there in the thick of it. When the fires came it was right down near our property, it was really thrilling. It made me realise I wanted to get into the emergency services," James said.

He worked at a juice factory at Kulnara for about two years.

He likes spending time with family and friends and enjoys fishing.

The two new officers worked closely through the academy together and are glad to team-up at Young.

Inspector Jacob Reeves, Officer in Charge of Young Police, said it was great to welcome both Srdjan and James.

"I welcome both our new officers to Young and have already told them of the wonderful community we serve and the valued relationship we have with our residents, whether in our towns or on our farms," Inspector Reeves said.

They will complete 12 months of on-the-job training and complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

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