Today six students graduated from the Indigenous Police Recruitment
Our Way Delivery Program (IPROWD) in a ceremony
held at TAFE NSW Kurri Kurri.
Attendees included NSW Police Force Superintendents, representatives
from Prime Minister and Cabinet, the TAFE NSW Deputy Regional General
Manager and families of graduates.
The TAFE NSW program has been running since 2008, providing its
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants with a 12-week
stretch of learning opportunities that assist in their journey towards
joining the NSW Police Force or other Justice and Emergency Services Agencies.
Held on the land of the Wonnarua and Awakabal people, the celebration
also featured a special guest in former IPROWD student, Constable
Darby Baker, who is stationed at Muswellbrook Police Station. Guests
also enjoyed a traditional smoking ceremony.
TAFE NSW Senior Aboriginal Engagement Manager, Sharon Taylor, said
IPROWD has assisted more than 700 enrolled students in the decade it
has been running.
“TAFE NSW is proud to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people in preparing for a career in the NSW Police Force,”
“Plenty of students over the years have gone on to gain employment as
sworn and unsworn police officers or secured work in other government
agencies. Many credit their time in the IPROWD program to securing
employment with these roles. Through our program we help students
build their occupational confidence, take control of their career path
and be job-ready with real-world skills and practical experience.
“I am impressed by the efforts of all our students who graduated
today and wish them well in their careers.”
Hunter Valley Police District Commander, Superintendent Chad Gillies,
said, "Today is a significant and proud day for the six IPROWD
graduates. On behalf of Hunter Valley Police District, I acknowledge
the sacrifices these proud indigenous students have made to get to
this point. I have personally enjoyed watching their journey and I
sincerely hope all six will be joining the NSW Police Force family soon."
The IPROWD program runs statewide and is designed to prepare students
for the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE), the
Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) offered by Charles Sturt
University (CSU) at the NSW Police Academy, or other vocational and
study pathways. Course areas include:
For more details on IPROWD visit www.tafensw.edu.au/IPROWD.
For further information TAFE NSW courses, face-to-face or online,
visit www.tafensw.com.au or
call 131 601.
Media contact: Kristy Sheppard, TAFE NSW Media &
Communications Business Partner, 4923 7784 or 0407 450 860.