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Josephine Buck

Year of Award: 2012 Award State: Northern Territory Education > Specialised Education
The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Churchill Fellowship to improve educational outcomes and training for Aboriginal Community Police Officers in the Northern Territory - New Zealand, USA, Canada
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Project Description

The purpose of this Churchill Fellowship was to research training programs, frameworks, materials, resources and delivery methods in order to improve training and educational outcomes for Aboriginal Community Police Officers in the Northern Territory.

Aboriginal Community Police Officer programs had stagnated in other Australian states, been phased out or disbanded, therefore looking at benchmarks used by overseas jurisdictions was vital for redefining the roles and expectations of Aboriginal Police Officers so that they remain a valuable asset to their communities.

Through discussions and investigations into training programs and associated projects within

Police Departments of Hawaii, Canada and New Zealand, the Researcher was able to observe successful programs in environments where many of the barriers and constraints to education and training were similar to those of the Northern Territory. Visits to the Community Colleges in these areas also introduced a variety of strategies including using technology, situational training and preparatory courses.

Recommendations

Twenty six recommendations have been made in this report relating to the five specific areas influencing Aboriginal Community Policing listed below. A whole of organization approach was used and the strategies have been designed to provide practical, yet flexible options for adoption, discussion and adaptation within the Northern Territory Police’s short and long term approaches to training.

  1. Aboriginal Community Police Officer Recruits
  2. In-service Aboriginal Community Police Officers
  3. Employment Models to Suit Community Needs
  4. Management
  5. Recruitment

Dissemination and Implementation

The findings and recommendations of this research will be tabled to the management of the

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services and presented to staff at the training college for discussion, adaptation and implementation. Adult education and e-learning innovations will also be shared with the wider training community through speaking at professional development workshops and conferences, established personal networks and published reports.

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