JAZMIN Brown is bound for greatness. Her achievements up to last week, which were many, were matched only by her ever-greater ambition to make her mark in the world.
Nanjing Night Net

Jazmin was one of 12 IPROWD cadets who graduated from Tamworth TAFE on Thursday, June 16, with ambitions to join the NSW police force.

With credentials in hand and the buzz of graduation celebrations humming around the campus, she said donning the police blues was always her career goal.

“I got into IPROWD because I wanted to make a difference in the community of Moree,” Jazmin said on Thursday.

“I have always wanted to be a police officer since I was little.”

Since joining IPROWD–Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way–Jazmin’s ambitions have only grown.

“My long-term goal, (you’re) looking at the new NSW commissioner,” she laughed.

“That’s going to be me in a couple of years. You have to have goals, and I want to make my mark in the world.

“I definitely want to tackle becoming a police officer. I did want to go to university. I got accepted to university to do a bachelor of criminology, but being a police officer is definitely something I want to do. I want to go into the detective side of it and also do my bachelor someday.”

The young soon-to-be police cadet said her family, her mum and younger siblings, are the reason she is determined to succeed.

“I was raised by a single mum, and she had me fairly young. She gave her life up for me when she was 17 years old, and I have two younger siblings,” she said.

TAFE Western Peter Gibbs said the program was about helping the indigenous community take advantage of opportunities.

“What IPROWD really means for our people is that it is Aboriginal people and police working together,” he said on Thursday.

“And this is an opportunity for our young people to become police officers. It is also about opening up their eyes to opportunities in the future.

“There are so many opportunities for our people in the country right now, and we want them to see it. Once they can see these opportunities and take them with both hands, we will see the future change of our communities. They need real role models and IPROWD students are certainly that.”

The IPROWD program was established in 2008 but launched as a pilot after the death of Mr Gibbs’ sister in 1997. Since then, the program has seen 80 graduates join the state’s police ranks and more than 250 have joined other agencies, and more than 50 have gone on to further studies.

“No matter where you come from–if you come from Mungindi of Tingha–this opportunity is for you as well,” Mr Gibbs said.

Jazmin is bound for Dubbo, and Charles Sturt University, to complete the next stage of her training before joining the ranks of NSW police.

And, though she has stacked her ambitions high, she said her next challenge is to conquer the beep test.

“I have passed in all my physical testing, except for the beep test, which I will try to conquer in my time off,” she laughed.

“But no, there is a weight on my shoulder, but I know that it (sets) a right way for my brother and sister and that means more to me than anything else.”

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