New officers a force for good
A CEREMONY yesterday for the Richmond Local Area Command's newest recruits was very much a family affair.
The 13 new probationary constables brought along family and friends as they received their 'oath of office' certificates.
Superintendent Bruce Lyons said the oath dictated the standards police officers were expected to uphold.
Luckily for Constable Matthew Hogan, his parents didn't have to travel far.
His father, Senior Constable Michael Hogan, and mother Louise, who works in the command's head office as a civilian administrator, were both already in the building.
They said they were very proud of their 24-year-old son.
However, Snr Const Hogan said they never tried to convince him to join the police.
"We wanted him to make his own decision," he said.
The fresh-faced officers ? seven of whom are from the area originally ? all graduated from the Goulburn Police College last month.
Const Hogan said he had enjoyed his first month in the family business.
"It's just good to get out there and start helping the community," he said.