Young Aboriginals in western NSW are being encouraged to consider embarking on an important journey that has the potential to change their lives - the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.
State IPROWD coordinator Peter Gibbs believes IPROWD offers participants a meaningful opportunity to not only pursue a career in the Police Force, but to become role models in their local communities.
“IPROWD is not only an important first step to gaining entry into the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn, but it opens the doors to many different and exciting careers,” Mr Gibbs said.
“Since 2008 when IPROWD was introduced, more than 600 students have enrolled, with 70 going on to gain employment with NSW Police as frontline police officers, on the front counter at local police stations or in the community as liason officers.
“A further 180 students have secured other types of employment and more than 60 have pursued further education, studying Law, Teaching, Nursing and Justice Studies.
“These results are really pleasing because we need our young people to make positive contributions to their communities and be positive role models for other family members.”
The IPROWD program is delivered at TAFE College’s across NSW and TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter has urged those searching for an exciting, action-packed career to consider the IPROWD program as a very real and viable first step.
“IPROWD offers participants a unique and exciting opportunity to be a part of something special,” Ms Baxter said.
“So many participants are already achieving great things in their communities so I’m hoping those eligible will give this rewarding program some consideration.”
The Commonwealth Government earlier this year confirmed a further $2.5 million funding for the IPROWD program over the next two years, meaning now is the perfect time to get involved.
“IPROWD is a vitally important investment for our people,” Mr Gibbs said.
“It’s delivering real results and this further investment will ensure a minimum of 67 more participants gain employment as probationary constables with the NSW Police Force, and up to 203 participants access a variety of other employment opportunities each year.”