Funding has paved the way for more Aboriginal police officers to join the force in NSW.
Funding has paved the way for more Aboriginal police officers to join the force in NSW.

Force wants more Aboriginal police

A $2.4 MILLION funding extension from the Australian Government will give an extra 240 Indigenous Australians an opportunity to join the NSW Police Force.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, today announced the funding for the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) pre-employment program to continue until 2014.

Ms Collins made the announcement as the last of the current series of graduation ceremonies for 72 IPROWD students took place at TAFE NSW in Mt Druitt.

"This new funding means IPROWD now has the capacity to induct an extra 240 Indigenous Australians and help them gain options for ongoing employment," Ms Collins said.

"IPROWD is an innovative pre-recruitment program with a high success rate in its first year of operation.

"So far, 228 students have started the program. Three former IPROWD students are now probationary constables after the first student graduated from the Police College last December.

"Twenty-seven students have entered the Police College in Goulburn with a further 50 undertaking the application process for the January intake," she said.



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