IN a first for WA police, a new Aboriginal Cadet Program will ensure more Indigenous officers are attracted to a career as an officer.
The Aboriginal cadets will complete on-the-job practical training as well as a TAFE delivered Certificate II or III in General Education for Adults, customised for the Indigenous program.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said WA Police had developed the Aboriginal Cadet Program in conjunction with North Metropolitan TAFE.
“This landmark initiative aims to attract and prepare Aboriginal people to join the ranks of WA Police, where they provide a crucial role in the complex and diverse job that is policing in this State,” she said.
According to Mrs Harvey, the program will be delivered over two years, offering paid positions and open to Indigenous people aged 16 to 24.
Mrs Harvey said on-the-job training could include attending police incidents with serving officers, taking fingerprints in certain situations and helping with court matters.
“Aboriginal police officers are able to foster close relationships with the Aboriginal community, which is essential to ensuring WA Police services are culturally appropriate and responsive to reducing crime,” she said.
The customised TAFE course includes verbal and abstract reasoning, integrity behaviours and interview skills, as well as a physical training component to prepare participants for the Police Physical Evaluation.