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Aboriginal Cadet Program graduates fast-tracked to dream job

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Our Aboriginal Cadet Program was developed in partnership with WA Police  to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation and to encourage indigenous youth to pursue a career in the Police Force.

  • Twenty-three Aboriginal Cadets graduated the first year of the program
  • Four students were fast-tracked to the Police Academy and are even closer to becoming police officers 
  • Graduates will be deployed to police stations and gain exposure to a range of unique policing activities, training and mentoring

Last week, North Metropolitan TAFE’s Managing Director Michelle Hoad presented twenty-three graduates with their certificates in General Adult Education. The graduates will be deployed to police stations to gain exposure to a range of unique policing activities, receive job related training, and access mentors who can assist them reach their potential. 

Four outstanding graduates were accepted by the Commissioner of Police and made it straight to the Police Academy. 

“Studying at North Metropolitan TAFE has been a great and rewarding experience so far”, said Tiarna Eades, one of the four cadets who was fast-tracked to the Academy.

“Being an Aboriginal Police Cadet is exciting but also challenging. I want to make a change in the way the Aboriginal community sees the police; I believe it is time we work together to reduce crime within Aboriginal communities. I am very excited for the journey ahead.”

Police Commissioner Chris Collard said being a cadet provided invaluable first-hand experience and that the focus on increasing the Aboriginal presence in the police force was a fabulous initiative.

“If a situation happens where there may be an indigenous person, it’s always good if we’re around because they want to come to us, they want to speak to us, and they feel like they understand us, which is very important because we understand them,” he said.

The program accepts applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders between the age of 17 and 25. Applications for 2018 are currently open and will close on Friday 22 December 2017 at 4:00pm.
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For information on courses offered at North Metropolitan TAFE, including Police Preparation, please click on our courses page.

Page last updated February 21, 2018