TAFE Western’s newest intake of Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) Program students have set themselves some lofty ambitions as their training continues in Dubbo.
The class, which consists of 12 Aboriginal students from right across NSW, attend class in block release once a month. During their latest visit to Dubbo, the participants expressed their desire and determination to make a difference in their local communities and be role models to their family and friends.
Wellington’s Tiffany Hardin would like to use the program as a stepping stone to becoming a police officer and said, “I want to learn more about myself – where I want to be and who I want to be,” she said.
“I want to be a good role model for my family and for my community.”
Dubbo’s Tremain Molloy agreed he wanted to set a good example for others but found inspiration from a very special source, “My Nan inspired me to join IPROWD for a better opportunity in life,” he said.
“My main goal is to become a police officer or a martial arts trainer.”
Shaquile Joynson (pictured above), from Macksville, wants to forge a career in the NSW Water Police Force and was inspired by her father, saying “My Dad was my main inspiration. I hope to learn leadership, respect, responsibility and how important personal development and faith is,” he said.
Kenny Anderson from Lake Cathie was inspired to join IPROWD from a previous student who loved the program, “A former student of this program suggested this to me as a clear path and guide to accomplish my dream of becoming a police officer,” he said.
“I want to learn more about myself and my identity and to advance myself with the skills required to join the NSW Police Force.”
IPROWD Dubbo College Coordinator Kylie Giusti was pleased to hear the students were determined to succeed.
“During their last visit to Dubbo, the students spent a day at the Dubbo Police Station, where they got to speak to police officers and tour the station,” she said.
“They got a first-hand look at the duties in all levels of policing and what is expected of a police officer in different areas including general duties, education officers, detectives, inspectors and school liaison police.
“A highlight of the visit was the highway patrol car and the general discussion around the equipment inside the vehicle.
“It was great to see the visit inspired the students even more to continue their studies and follow their dreams to be a police officer in the NSW Police Force.”
Ms Giusti said this was one of two intakes of flexible delivery IPROWD students that will complete the program in December this year.
For more information about IPROWD, with applications for 2017 now open, please visit http://iprowd.tafensw.edu.au/