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The QRL and the Queensland Police Service have come together to promote exciting career opportunities for rural Queenslanders.

The partnership was officially announced by Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and QRL Chairman Peter Betros this month ahead of the QRL Arthur Beetson Foundation Outback Shield in Winton on May 27-28.

QPS recruiting officers will be talking to the players and other interested individuals or groups about opportunities for careers in the service.

Specialist squads, including the Stock Squad, will attend the carnival.

Under 14, under 16 and under 18 Outback teams will compete on the field, with players in line for further representative honours at the City / Country carnival on the Sunshine Coast in late June.

Betros said the partnership with the QPS was the perfect fit.

“Many of our great footballers have actually started their careers in the Queensland Police Service,” Betros said.

He said the partnership with the QPS was unique in that recruits could potentially remain in their rural communities to pursue their new career as well as their sporting interests.