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The WA Police Indigenous and Community Diversity Unit provides support on community diversity and multicultural initiatives to frontline Police.
The unit delivers diversity training to new recruits at the WA Police Academy. It also develops policy on diversity, has developed a culturally inclusive uniform policy, racial vilification policy and physical descriptors for police media.
The unit aims to enhance the delivery of services to minority and multicultural groups and provide support to multicultural initiatives within the WA Police. It also aims to make sure diversity programs organised by WA Police align with the government’s priorities.
In the development of the unit, consultations were conducted within the WA Police and police academy, the Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Police Multicultural Advisory Council.
The Unit coordinated the development of Community Diversity Training to the new recruits at the WA Police Academy. The focus on diversity training is an important step towards equipping police officers with the skills to communicate effectively with diverse communities.
The four day training includes a full day of Indigenous awareness training, and three days of workshops on issues such as emerging humanitarian entrant communities, youth and police, policing people who speak other languages and racial vilification.
Outcomes included improved community engagement with the police and improved police services to these communities.
The recruits' feedback has been positive in that they feel equipped to work with people from different backgrounds, and then gaining community confidence.
Community presenters have become partners with the police by providing insight into experiences their members have with police, and how the police can serve them better.
Training material has been uploaded onto the WA Police academy online blackboard to serve as a resource to serving police staff and officers.
The Indigenous and Community Diversity Unit will be an ongoing resource for the WA Police.
Further information on this project is available.
Indigenous and Community Diversity Unit
3rd Floor/WA Police Headquarters
2 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth WA 6004
Telephone: 08 9222 1510
"To achieve a high level of service to all cultural groups the Western Australian Police utilise extensive interpreter services and train our staff to work effectively with different cultural groups."
Karl O'Callaghan, Commissioner of Police, Western Australia
"As we are a multicultural society we strive to recruit suitable members of the community into policing. Over the last couple of years we have been highly successful at this and now have a large number of officers from different cultural backgrounds. This gives us the resources to be able to better meet the needs of the whole community."
Karl O’Callaghan, Commissioner of Police, Western Australia