Students from Eora College of Sydney TAFE are taking their first
steps towards becoming police officers graduating today from the
Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.
Image: Minister for Skills John Barilaro with IPROWD graduate Anna
Graydon at the graduation ceremony at Eora College, Redfern*Governor
of NSW His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC
(Ret'd) joined with Minister for Skills John Barilaro to help
celebrate the graduation of the seventh class of IPROWD students.
"I'm proud to see that half of today's 12 graduates are women
and everyone should take pride in their achievement of making it
through a tough and testing course," Mr Barilaro said
"It hasn't been an easy pathway for any of them with a very
challenging regime of physical and mental fitness and students
relocating from their homes for the training.
"Today's graduates are joining a growing list of Aboriginal
people who have enjoyed successful careers in the NSW Police Force
after completing their IPROWD training at Eora College.
"These graduates signed up to IPROWD knowing it isn't a free
ticket into the NSW Police Force but it can fast track the process of
becoming a police officer."
IPROWD is a training program that also supports students after
graduation by providing help during the many stages of police
recruitment supporting them in other employment while waiting to
finalise the recruitment process.
"These graduates step forward with the support and best wishes
of the NSW Government and everyone else involved in this inspirational
program," Mr Barilaro said.
Local Area Commander Redfern, Luke Freudenstein said each of the
graduating classes complete their policing component at Redfern Police Station.
"Redfern Police now has seven Aboriginal police officers and
three administration staff within their ranks and hopefully when these
graduates complete studies at the Goulburn Police Academy we will have more."
For the first time the Australian Human Rights Commission Aboriginal
& Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda
will address the graduates.
IPROWD is a state-wide training strategy to support an increase in
the number of Indigenous police officers in the NSW police force.
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