Students of Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network’s Building A New Generation program toured the Victoria Police Academy in Melbourne on Monday.July 4, 2014 5:08am
Learning experience: Young leaders from the Building A New Generation program in Shepparton visited the Police Academy on Monday.
Project officer Rashidi Sumaili said it was an eye-opening experience for the group of 12 students who were mostly from refugee backgrounds.
‘‘For us to go there it was an opportunity to show there was a big difference between our police and the police they are used to in Africa,’’ he said.
‘‘They felt very happy and excited with the way the police approached them and dealt with them.
‘‘It changed their perceptions, so hopefully these young people and all their families can understand that they can trust the police here.’’
He said the idea came about after a number of the students involved in the program expressed interest in joining the police ranks.
Mr Sumaili said it was encouraging to see students gain the confidence to pose a range of questions to police members.
‘‘It was a great opportunity for them; we need to have more conversations with our local police about how we can continue to engage with police and get more information so the students can learn about how to be part of the police force,’’ he said.
‘‘It gives the students confidence and builds their trust with police.’’
Shepparton police Multicultural Liaison Officer Senior Constable Matt Walker said it was important to attract culturally diverse people to the police force. He said the students posed many questions and made use of the rare opportunity to visit the academy, which is otherwise closed to the public.
Police are asking for information about an assault in Shepparton that left a man with serious facial injuries and broken bones last month.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Emily Umbers has been helping members of the Maasai community to get a toilet.
St Joseph’s Primary School students took part in an extended after-school stay.
Fraser sure has aces in spades
A great day brought big numbers to Station St in Seymour.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Nominations are being sought for the annual Axedale CWA community youth award.
Access to Ulupna Island has been blocked at key points, leaving local residents and businesses rallying for a re-opening in a bid to save tourism dollars.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
Up to14 new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, with the company set to embark on an $18million expansion at its factory.
Alma Nungarrayi Granites is the most successful of the Warlukurlangu artists who still live at Yuendumu and enjoys teaching children about aboriginal culture and art.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.