NSW Police Force’s Central West Police District has coordinated a modified Active Citizen Program this year to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.
The Active Citizen Program is run throughout Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo, and aims to build leadership skills, confidence, increase employability and awareness in being an active citizen in their local community whilst enhancing cultural knowledge.
The program is for Aboriginal students in Year 10, who are selected by their school executives each year. This year, the program hosted 13 students.
The highlight so far was an online link-up with former NRL star, Jonathan Thurston, where the students had the opportunity to ask questions.
Central West Police District Officer-in- Charge, Inspector Shane Jessep, said police were pleased to be able to offer the modified version of the program this year.
“The Active Citizen Program gives local police and businesses an opportunity to be involved in developing leadership qualities of young people in our community,” Shane said.
“Participants also have this exciting opportunity to build their skillsets and learn, not only from local identities, but also famous people, which will help them become the best versions of themselves as leaders.”
Central West Police District Youth Officer, Senior Constable Daniel Greef, said the student’s positive interest in their communities and culture is infectious.
“We are excited to be able to work with and build-up these future leaders of our communities and see them grow,” Daniel said.
This year’s Active Citizen Program is supported by Evolution Mining and Forbes Shire Council.