Abo­rig­i­nal cadets on thin blue line

Pilbara News - - News - Gabrielle Knowles

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.

Pic­ture: Ian Munro

Po­lice cadets Jor­den Daw­son and Tay­lar Brunet are look­ing for­ward to their train­ing.

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