Throughout the 1970s General Secretary Bob Page and President Bob McClelland became increasingly concerned over the lack of suitable training for police and the absence of a residential police academy.
During 1973, Page and McClelland began preliminary discussions with a college at Bathurst working with a group of police to establish a course. However, after presenting their suggestions to the Commissioner Hanson, the proposal did not proceed following advice of a senior officer to the Commissioner that it was unacceptable to hace sworn police attending a premesis where police would come into regular conract with university students.
The Association remained undeterred and in 1974 an Agreement was eventually reached between the Police Department and Mitchell College for 30 police to undertake the course. Although there was a high attrition rate in the early courses this was the beginning of a new era for police that would result in the establishment f the Police Academy, and a range of tertiary- style education programmes.
Merv Taylow had often flagged the issue of a police academy in his addresses to conference “In these days of rapid change, the desirability of providing adequate and up to date training facilities is of paramount importance to police services everywhere. Compared to other police forces in this country we in this state are lagging behind."