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Bright futures for Aboriginal police cadets

Recruits from the WA Police Force Aboriginal Cadet Program are well on their way to becoming qualified police officers.

  • The Aboriginal Police Cadet Program is a 12-month program consisting of hands-on workplace experience under the guidance of qualified Police Officers.
  • Our Koolark Centre for Aboriginal Students and the WA Police Academy work together to encourage and support Indigenous people to pursue a career in the WA Police Force. 
  • The cadetship includes completion of the Certificate II in General Education (CGEA) with North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE).

Cadets attended training for three, two-week blocks over the course of their 12-month cadetship, which helps prepare them for the Police Recruits Examination by developing their literacy and numeracy skills.

Koolark Mentor, Cherre Blackmore was impressed by the development of the group through their cadetship.

“The cadets professional and personal growth throughout the year is a reflection of their hard work and determination to be a positive role model in WAPOL and in their community,” she said.

Koolark, NMTAFE’s specialised training centre for Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, provided in-class mentoring support and guidance to the group, along with access to tutoring and information sessions on Code Switching and Cultural Information.

“Koolark is committed to seeing the development and advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” said Koolark Acting Manager, Kieran Ryan. 
“It’s truly refreshing to see a group of young devoted Aboriginal people take their next step in their journey to become police officers and also to inspire others in their community to commence theirs.”

The program accepts applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from the age of 17. For more information,  

Photo Lecturer, Tim Riessen, Koolark’s Aboriginal Student Mentor, Cherre Blackmore and lecturer, Robert Warburton with the cadets.

Page last updated December 02, 2019