Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Former Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women's Interests

    Aboriginal Police Cadet Program launched

    12/07/2016 8:45 AM
    • New customised cadet program to attract Aboriginal applicants
    • Joint initiative with North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Liberal National Government on track to deliver 550 extra officers 

    The Liberal National Government today launched Western Australia's first ever customised Aboriginal Cadet Program to attract more indigenous officers into WA Police.


    Deputy Premier and Police and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said WA Police had developed the Aboriginal Cadet Program in conjunction with North Metropolitan TAFE.


    The Aboriginal cadets would 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.


    "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," Mrs Harvey said.


    The Aboriginal Cadet Program would be delivered over two years, would be a paid position and open to any indigenous people aged 16 to 24 years of age.


    The Minister 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 included verbal and abstract reasoning, integrity behaviours and interview skills, as well as a physical training component to prepare participants for the Police Physical Evaluation.


    The Koolark Centre for Aboriginal Students would provide academic and cultural mentors and advice for the cadets.


    Mrs Harvey said since 2013, the Liberal National Government had boosted WA Police by more than 400 officers and was on track to deliver 550 extra police and auxiliary officers by 2017.


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