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Jazmin Brown was one of 12 IPROWD (Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way Delivery) cadets who graduated from Tamworth TAFE on Thursday June 16 with ambitions to join the NSW police force.
The IPROWD program was developed by the NSW Police Force in 2008 in partnership with TAFE NSW. Since then, the program has seen 80 graduates join the state's police ranks and more than 250 have joined other agencies, with more than 50 continuing with further studies.
"I got into IPROWD because I wanted to make a difference in the community of Moree," Jazmin told the Moree Champion. "I have always wanted to be a police officer since I was little."
The young soon-to-be police cadet said her family, her mum and younger siblings are the reason she is determined to succeed.
"I was raised by a single mum…this is my way of giving back to my mum," She said.
Peter Gibbs, from TAFE Western a founder of the program, explained the program's aspirations for the future of policing.
"What IPROWD really means for our people is that it is Aboriginal people and police working together," he said. "And this is an opportunity for our young people to become police officers. It is also about opening up their eyes to opportunities in the future. No matter where you come from – if you come from Mungindi or Tingha – this opportunity is for you as well."
Jazmin is bound for Charles Sturt University at Dubbo to complete the next stage of her training before joining the ranks of NSW Police