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"Being a part of the police force is not only a job, it's a career": 2016 Gibbs Award winner joins NSW Police Force

ShaneShannon_Awards.jpgFrom undergoing a painful tattoo removal to juggling life as a full-time student, foster parent and shift worker, Shane Shannon has some solid time management skills. This January, he’s ready to bring these skills into his new role in the NSW Police Force.

The 25-year-old Bradbury resident and 2016 Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) graduate has accepted his offer to join the NSW Police Force Academy.

The IPROWD is an intensive academic, fitness and leadership program that helps Indigenous students enter the NSW Police Force. It is a joint partnership between TAFE NSW and the NSW Police Force which has resulted in successful outcomes for participants in previous programs. 

Shane Shannon is a welcome addition to this stellar group of graduates. After finishing at the top of his class, Shane received the 2016 Gibbs Award for his excellent marks and outstanding commitment to the program.
“I’m very proud of my achievement. Participating in the IPROWD program has given me the motivation to’s boosted my confidence and assured me that I’m in the right direction to pursue my dreams” he said.

Following his win, Shane applied to join the NSW Police Force Academy, but was knocked back in the final recruitment stage for having an exposed neck tattoo that breached policy.

After undergoing ineffective laser removal sessions, Shane had the tattoo surgically removed. The recovery period was difficult, but it has certainly paid off. In early December 2016, Shane received his letter of acceptance into the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn.


Before the tattoo removal: Shane’s tattoo was in breach of NSW Police Force policy

After the tattoo removal: Shane’s tattoo is no longer in breach of policyShaneShannonTattoo_AFTER.jpg

"When I found out I’d been accepted, I was so proud of myself. It made my dreams feel more than achievable." 

"One of the biggest challenges I faced during my studies was balancing work, studies and family life. All of my struggles now feel worth it."

Shane is set to undertake his Associate Degree in Policing Practice at the NSW Police Force Academy in early 2017. Once completed, he will be a qualified probationary constable.

"For me, being a part of the police force is not only a job, it’s a career. I want to continue strengthening my skills as a police officer. I see myself out on the street, making a difference and protecting my local community."

"As an Indigenous officer, I can relate to people in my community. My exposure as an officer will help the community realise that police officers are human and there to help."

For more information on the IPROWD program call us on 13 SWSi (13 7974) or visit any of our nine colleges.

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