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Indigenous people looking to join the police force are getting a head start through a new training program being run in New South Wales (NSW).
Indigenous police recruiting our way (IPROWD) is a program assisting Indigenous people to gain entry to the NSW Police College at Goulburn, which is the first step to becoming a an officer in the NSW Police Force. TAFE NSW, the NSW Police Force and the Australian Government are working in partnership to offer IPROWD training courses at a range of locations across NSW.
Jodie Manton, an Indigenous student from Goonellabah, enrolled in the course after her sister did so. After completing her fifth week of the course, 20 year old Jodie said she realised she had made the right choice to pursue an exciting career in which she could make a difference. In the long term she said she has ambitions to become a highway patrol officer.
'The youth in Aboriginal communities are struggling to do things with their lives and I would love to be that role model that they look at and think if you can do it I can do it,' she said.
The 18-week course started in April this year at Casino TAFE, and teaches students skills in:
Two more IPROWD courses are starting in July in Dubbo and Redfern. Further information, including enrolment details, can be found on TAFE NSW's website.
Source: Northern Star and TAFE NSW
Indigenous police recruiting our way (IPROWD)
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