The ranks of Indigenous members of the NSW Police Force are set to grow with eight students in Mount Druitt eligible to apply for entry into the Police College in Goulburn.
The eight students are among a total of 72 to recently graduate from the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.
At a graduation ceremony at TAFE NSW Mt Druitt today, Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, congratulated the students on behalf of the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins.
“The graduates of IPROWD have worked hard to take up this opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications needed for a career in the police force,” Mr Husic said.
“They are an inspiration to others who might consider following their path in the future.
“And the Australian Government is with them on that — we’re committed to supporting Indigenous Australians find meaningful employment,” Mr Husic said.
Today’s graduation ceremony coincided with an announcement by Minister Collins that the Australian Government is extending the funding for IPROWD by $2.4 million. This will deliver an extra 240 police career opportunities for Indigenous Australians next year.
The 18-week, full-time course includes tailored training to prepare students for an Associate Degree in Policing Practice.
“The Australian Government’s association with TAFE NSW and the NSW Police Force is ensuring young people now have an opportunity to embark on a rewarding career which in turn helps to close the employment gap for Indigenous Australians.
“Graduates now have a Certificate III in Vocational Study and Pathways which will also stand them in good stead for a career in other fields they may choose,” Mr Husic said.