Active Citizen Program adapts for COVID-safe year

NSW Police Force's Central West Police District is coordinating a modified Active Citizen Program this year.

The program is for Aboriginal students in Year 10, who are selected by their school executives each year.

Central West Police District Officer-in-Charge, Inspector Shane Jessep said police were pleased to be able to offer the modified version of the program this year.

"The Active Citizen Program gives local police and businesses an opportunity to be involved in developing leadership qualities of young people in our community," he said.

This year, there are 13 participants, including one mentor who was invited back after completing the program last year.

They will be visiting significant local cultural areas with elders talking about the history of the town, artifact activities and visiting the Condobolin SES unit.

Police say the highlight so far has been an online link-up with former NRL star, Jonathan Thurston.

Upcoming activities include presentations by a NSW Police Officer and an Aboriginal Elder, and YouGotThis program through the Jonathan Thurston Academy.

The students will also visit local businesses and community groups.

Central West Police District Youth Officer, Senior Constable Daniel Greef, said the student's positive interest in their communities and culture is infectious.

"We are excited to be able to work with and build-up these future leaders of our communities and see them grow," he said.

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