Orange is getting one new police officer as part of more than 200 recruits who graduated this year.
Central West Police District Superintendent Steve Kentwell has outlined what the next year will be like for Orange's newest cop.
"The first 12 months is pretty much training and development for them," Superintendent Kentwell said.
"They'll work three-up I think for a few months and as their training and development comes along they'll be able to work two-up with their training partner.
"Pretty much it's a year of learning and development just to reinforce what they've taken in on the academy sides of things."
The recruit's training will also see them complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.
Of the 226 officers sworn in at last week's ceremony, 20 were assigned to the Western region, with two of those (one for Orange and Cowra each) given to the Central West.
"We've been getting our fair share for the past couple of years with the additional staff that have been recruited through that process. I guess it's also where we have the vacancies as well," Superintendent Kentwell said on how graduates are allocated across the state.
"It is good for the morale of the staff as well to have those fresh faces around."
The new recruit began duties on Monday, the same day the state had its lockdown restrictions eased.
Superintendent Kentwell said working in this period of time would provide them with more ability to grow.
"It won't impact them, it will just give them another opportunity to work in an environment that isn't normal," he said.
"There will be additional stuff that they'll take on board and learn and it's actually really good around that emergency management side of things to see how things operate. They will contribute to the safety of their community through compliance checks around the health orders and making sure people who are positive cases are managed and contained until they get through that 14 days.
"It's just an additional arm experience. It certainly won't impede them, it will probably give them a little more growth than it normally would."
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