The 'Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery' Program or 'IPROWD' is the result of a partnership involving the NSW Police Force, TAFE NSW and the Australian Government.
'IPROWD' began in 2008 through the partnership of the NSW Police Force and TAFE NSW – Western Institute. An 18-week bridging course for Indigenous adults, the program was designed to support and equip Aboriginal people with the necessary skills to enrol in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice at the NSW Police Academy and ultimately to join the NSW Police Force.
NSW Police Force employment strategies focus on the key areas of Pre-recruitment, Recruitment and Retention. As part of its Pre-recruitment strategy, the NSW Police Force maintains two active program partnerships with the NSW Department of Education and Training, including the 'IPROWD' Program delivered by TAFE NSW.
'IPROWD' students complete a curriculum which combines communication, information technology, writing and presentation skills, workplace ethics, Aboriginal Studies, fitness and first aid.
Throughout the program participants are supported by TAFE NSW trainers in areas of learning and support, and members of the NSW Police Force who participate as mentors and provide police training. Students who successfully complete the 'IPROWD' program receive a TAFE NSW Certificate III in Vocation and Study Pathways.
The success of TAFE NSW – Western Institute's initial 'IPROWD' program contributed to the state-wide expansion of the program from November 2010. To support this growth the Australian Government invested $2.1 million in the program.
In 2011, nine TAFE NSW Institutes will implement programs across NSW. It is estimated that 180 Aboriginal people will participate in 'IPROWD' training in Casino, Maitland, Kempsey, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Mount Druitt, Dubbo, Redfern, Nowra, Broken Hill, Orange and Tamworth.