Recruitment drive for possible cops

First Australians meet the blue line: Sergeant Rebecca McMillan from Penrith area command links arms with Mount Druitt TAFE IPROWD students — possible future police officers — Zachary Field and Carlee Vanderhaar. Picture: Gary Warrick

First Australians meet the blue line: Sergeant Rebecca McMillan from Penrith area command links arms with Mount Druitt TAFE IPROWD students — possible future police officers — Zachary Field and Carlee Vanderhaar. Picture: Gary Warrick

ELEVEN Aboriginal students from Mount Druitt TAFE interested in possible police careers toured Penrith police station on Thursday.

They were enrolled in the IPROWD (Indigenous Police Recruit Our Way Delivery) program.

"As well as touring the station they spoke to different section heads and given an opportunity to see what was on offer," a Penrith police spokesman said.

IPROWD was launched in 2010.

It operates through TAFE and offers Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders a chance of discovering what police careers involve.

"But it is not a way in to the police for indigenous people," the spokesman for Penrith police said.

"I think the students appreciated the experience and gained a lot from being shown the different aspects of policing."

About 3 per cent of NSW Police employees are indigenous Australians.

NSW Police, TAFE NSW, Charles Sturt University and the federal government work to provide IPROWD training programs at Mount Druitt and Campbelltown and several other locations across NSW.

IPROWD provides after-course support for students to complete university and Police Force applications, complete medicals and attend fitness and psychometric tests.

It also helps students who are seeking employment in other areas or looking for temporary employment until they complete their police recruitment.

Details: IPROWD co-ordinator, 6883 3666 or peter.e.gibbs@tafensw.edu.au

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