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A $2.4 million funding extension from the Australian Government will give an extra 240 Indigenous Australians an opportunity to join the New South Wales (NSW) police force.
On 23 July 2012, the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, announced that funding for the IPROWD program would continue until 2014.
The IPROWD program - 'Indigenous police recruiting our way' - is a TAFE-based pre-employment program now running in NSW. The program trains Indigenous students to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to join the police force.
The funding announcement came as the first 72 IPROWD students were graduating from Mt Druitt TAFE. Over the past five weeks, IPROWD graduation ceremonies have also been held in Nowra, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Tamworth, Maitland and Redfern.
'This new funding means IPROWD now has the capacity to induct an extra 240 Indigenous Australians and help them gain options for ongoing employment,' Ms Collins said.
IPROWD is funded through the Australian Government's Indigenous employment program.
Source: Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
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