Four recruits from the Aboriginal Cadet Program’s inaugural intake begin their police careers after successfully graduating from the Western Australia Police Force Academy.
The two men and two women were among 41 graduating officers cheered on by family and friends during a ceremonial march-past parade at the Western Australia Police Force Academy in Joondalup.
The Aboriginal Cadet Program is a partnership between the WA Police Force and North Metropolitan TAFE, and is open to applicants from 17-25 years of age.
The cadetship has been designed to create a more accessible pathway for young Aboriginal people who wish to become police officers, and to increase Aboriginal representation in the Force.
Cadets receive on-the-job training within police stations, while attending formal class-based training with North Metropolitan TAFE to achieve a Certificate II in General Adult Education.
They then go on to complete the 28-week intensive training course to become fully sworn officers.
There are currently 12 participants in the Aboriginal Cadet Program, with a recruitment process underway to identify further potential applicants.
Source: WA Government