ELEVEN Aboriginal people graduated from the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program at Mount Druitt TAFE last Tuesday.
Local Aboriginal representatives conducted a welcome to country before the graduation ceremony.
The aspiring police officers can now apply to join the force, having completed National Certificate III in vocational and study pathways through TAFE’s Western Sydney Institute.
IPROWD, run by NSW Police, TAFE NSW, Charles Sturt University and the federal government, aims to widen opportunities for indigenous Australians to have policing careers.
The program involves police working with TAFE teachers, providing advice and mentorship for students.
‘‘It is tailored to give Aboriginal people the confidence, skills and knowledge to join the force,’’ a TAFE spokeswoman said.
‘‘This is TAFE Western Sydney Institute’s fourth IPROWD group.’’
The spokeswoman said IPROWD participants could also use their new skills to purse other careers, if police work no longer interested them.
Western Sydney Institute’s relieving director Francesca Saccaro said IPROWD was an outstanding example of community partnerships at work.
‘‘It has been a life-changing experience for the people who have taken part,’’ Ms Saccaro said.
‘‘TAFE Western Sydney Institute is committed to closing the gap on the disadvantage Aboriginal people experience in education.
‘‘I congratulate the students
for their initiative which will now open doors to employment and further education.
‘‘They have worked hard and demonstrated they have the attributes to join the Police Force.’’
Ms Saccaro and Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione later presented certificates to graduates.