An initiative to help people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decent from western NSW to join the NSW Police Force is being undertaken by the TAFE NSW - Western Institute in conjunction with NSW Police.
An 18-week TAFE course, Vocational and Study Pathways (VASP), will enable candidates to obtain the learning skills required for enrolment into the Charles Sturt University Associate Diploma of Police Practice (Police Recruiting) course at the NSW Police College.
Assessment interviews will be held from 25 March 2008 and the TAFE training comprising workshops, tutorials, videoconferences and orientation trips to the NSW Police College and local police stations will start in April.
Adrian Mitchell, Director TAFE NSW Western Institute said, " I am pleased the Institute is able to assist the Aboriginal community in Western NSW by providing more vocational opportunities.
"This is the first time a bridging course for Aboriginal people interested in entering the police force has been run in this area although similar programs have been operating in a number of metropolitan TAFE colleges since 1996 and it has also been held at Moree.
"It's also the first time this course has been offered in a flexible delivery format that will allow students to do sections of study in their home towns."
"This is a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from our area to potentially become New South Wales police officers," he said.
People interested in this course should contact Cathy Jones, TAFE at Dubbo on 6883 3623. The Western Region Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Liaison Officers can assist people to apply for the course and will provide ongoing field support. Mentors from TAFE NSW will also be available to help students complete their studies.
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