The nine young men and women who graduated from the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery Program (IPROWD) today will be role models and leaders of the future.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson congratulated the graduates who were honoured at a simple but moving presentation ceremony at the Binalbaa Centre, TAFE NSW Tamworth.

“I am so proud of these young people who have overcome a significant number of hurdles to graduate and become eligible to join the NSW Police Force.

“Listening to each of the graduates speak about some of the difficulties they faced while completing this course, I take my hat off to each and every one of them.

“You could see and hear the emotion as they spoke about how the cohort of students, now described themselves as ‘family’ even though they came from all over the state, to take part.

“The graduates hailed from Lismore, Albury, Coonabarabran, Moree, Cowra, Walcha and Tamworth and because the course is run in blocks here at Tamworth TAFE, they were faced with all sorts of hurdles to attend.

“Part of the course was a visit to the Goulburn Police Academy, an experience they all spoke of with a degree of awe.

“Congratulations to the IPROWD course staff at Tamworth TAFE, to Oxley Police’s IPROWD coordinator Acting Inspector Mick Moy and to IPROWD Project Coordinator Rob Brown.

“What a fantastic job you’ve done and helping these young people to step outside their comfort zone, tackle some further education and begin a journey that will allow them to make a difference in their own home communities. 

“I am so proud of our police. They work tirelessly to keep our streets and homes safe and when the community works with the police, the end result is a win for everyone,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Mr Brown presented the Gibbs Award, a recognition of effort, to Tamara-Jane Smith.

“This is another nine great success stories to join the 250 or so graduates who have been through the course in the last 11 years,” Mr Brown said.

“The future for IPROWD is really exciting. We’re hoping to put between 150 and 180 graduates through in 2020 and we’ll have Armidale TAFE join the program next year to deliver to another cohort of proud young Australians.”

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