Diversity in the Ranks

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Police at Academy.

The Western Australia Police Academy will be operating at capacity levels well into next year as the WA Police Force looks to inject fresh recruits into the frontline ranks.

Panorama of police at Academy.

The Academy is currently training 169 recruits across eight squads, with the next two squads set to graduate on 13 September. 

More than a third of the current recruits were born overseas, which better reflects the cultural diversity of the community they will be serving. While many are from British backgrounds, there are 13 different nationalities represented from around the world, making this perhaps the most diverse group of recruits in the agency’s history. They range in age from 18 to 51, with an average age of 28, bringing a variety of life experiences to policing.

Police at Academy.

On top of this, the Academy has just welcomed its first intake in the Police Preparation Program of trainees from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds (non-English speaking countries). This is an extension of the successful Aboriginal Cadet Program, which is currently running two squads and actively seeking more participants.

Now is a great time to join them. If you think you have what it takes, visit the Step Forward website.