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The first graduates from a training program, which began running at TAFE earlier this year, have begun to forge a career pathway in the justice system.
The IPROWD program, which stands for 'Indigenous police recruiting our way', trains Indigenous students in New South Wales (NSW) to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to join the police force. The TAFE-based program is the first step to becoming a police officer.
Aroha Purukamu, an Indigenous woman of Buff Point, is one of 10 Indigenous students who are the first to graduate from the program since its implementation in April 2012. Ms Purukamu said she did the course to join the police force as a career path, something she always wanted to do.
'Being Indigenous I feel fortunate to have this opportunity and to pave the way for Indigenous people and my daughter,' she said. 'Statistically, there are a lot of young Aboriginal people in the prison system and to be out there to show we can do something with our lives is a big thing. I would like to either be part of the highway patrol or dog squad.'
Ms Purukamu now has a placement for six months at a local police station, until she joins the academy in January 2013.
Further IPROWD courses are set to begin in July in Dubbo and Redfern, NSW.
Source: Express advocate
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