Aboriginal cadets on thin blue line
An Aboriginal police cadet program has been created to encourage more young indigenous people to become police officers.
Just 1.7 per cent of WA’s more than 6000 police officers are indigenous, and Police and Training Minister Liza Harvey said the Government hoped to increase that to 3.2 per cent.
The program — WA’s first Aboriginal cadet program — includes a certificate course as well as the on-the-job training offered to all cadets.
“Aboriginal police officers are able to foster close relationships with the Aboriginal community, which is essential to ensuring WA Police services are culturally appropriate,” Mrs Harvey said.
The initial two-year course has 10 places and is a paid position open to indigenous people aged 16-24.
Those interested can find out more at the Joondalup WA Police Academy open day on Sunday at 10am.
Police cadets Jorden Dawson and Taylar Brunet are looking forward to their training.