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Bridge the gap idea a 2nd chance?
I sometimes wonder who comes up with these great government initiatives when it comes to aboriginal incentives and the “bridge the gap” idea they have. The word alone now starts to get under my skin when i know those behind the initiative have more than likely never even spoken to the aboriginal people themselves, this idea was just some bright spark in head office who is telling us what we want again!
A new program recently released aims to bridge the gap between potential Aboriginal recruits and the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn. Launched by the NSW Police Force and TAFE, the 18-week program aims to give Aborigines a second chance to enter the police academy.
The police force employs 329 Aborigines – 2.3 per cent of its workforce, The Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, wants to almost double that number by 2012 with the help of the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery program.
The director-general of the Education Department, Michael Coutts-Trotter, said Aborigines were over-represented in detention and under-represented in the police force. ”The easiest way to get into the police college is to succeed at school first time around” he said. ”Sadly, many Aboriginal people don’t.”
The full-time program, which was piloted in Dubbo in 2008, will be run next year at training centres in Redfern, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Mount Druitt, Casino, Maitland, Kempsey, Nowra, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, Orange and Tamworth. It will offer 180 people literacy and numeracy development, and IT, communication, writing and presentation skills, qualifying them with a TAFE Certificate III in vocation and study pathways.
Brenton Cochrane, 26, of Wee Waa, is five weeks away from graduating from the academy after doing the pilot program.
‘‘It helped you get your foot in the door” he said. ”It helps you to keep your head in study to get where you want to be. Education is the main barrier to getting in.”
What about your family mob?
Although i think the idea is a good one for our youth, what about the families? I say this because many aboriginal people, brothers and sisters of those whom enter the programs will have a feeling of being stabbed in the back. This will come to ahead when the new indigenous recruits have to go into their own family or communities and handle the situations as a mediator, because believe me the police aren’t trying to recruit aboriginal people just out of the kindness of their hearts. I can guarantee they will be the first people on the job in a red-fern incident, get where ‘ going here?
E.G: Can you imagine having to arrest your Mother? Father or alike elder of the community?
If the police want aboriginal recruits to go and help fight the situations in their communities then they should also have looked into an alternative method of punishment, i don’t mean that in lighter sentences i mean this in the fashion of traditional laws, traditional sentences and punishments.
Well for now that’s my 2cents worth, drop an email with your thoughts and feedback as i always love to hear from all you mob out there. Regards