THREE new police officers hit the Holroyd beat this week.
Peter Zeibots, 23, Ian Pairama, 24, and David Tranter, 23, enforced the thin blue line when they started at Merrylands police station on Wednesday.
During their year as probationary constables they will fulfil different duties including attending court, working at the station and going out on jobs. They'll also have to continue long-distance education before they officially graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice and become constables.
Mr Zeibots, whose brother and cousin are police officers, said it felt "awesome" to don the uniform outside of the police academy.
The men are three of 157 new police recruits across the state. They attended an attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn on Friday.
Mr Pairama said being away from his family while training was the hardest part of becoming an officer. "Being a police officer is just always something I wanted to do," he said.
Mr Tranter said his first few hours as an officer had been "so far, so good". "I'm really looking forward to it," he said.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the attesting officers had worked hard, physically and academically.
"Today marks the end of one chapter in their policing journey and also represents the beginning of another; one in which they will experience the great challenges and rewards of serving the community as a police officer."