International students enlist as Police ambassadors

28 March 2018

UNSW police student ambassadors with police dog Joy

Over 20 international students from at least 11 countries have been enlisted as ambassadors by the NSW Police Force under a StudyNSW funded program which supports student welfare at the state’s university and TAFE campuses.

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the ambassadors joined NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller this week for an ‘Awareness of Policing’ program at the NSW Police Leadership Centre at Richmond Local Area Command (LAC).

The international students were given a unique insight into the world of policing as they experienced a number of hands-on exercises with police.

Commissioner Fuller said the Police Student Ambassadors program is a fantastic opportunity for young people from different backgrounds to understand the world of modern policing.

'We are always looking to strengthen our relationship with the community and this is a great way to improve understanding of what police officers do and why they do it.

'The program gives students a greater confidence in law enforcement, which is essential in working together to prevent and investigate crime,' Commissioner Fuller said.

During the two-day program on 28-29 March, student participants got to experience different aspects of policing at the Richmond Training College, including a police negotiation scenario and session with the dog unit.

The experiences aimed to facilitate two-way communication between police and international student communities.

StudyNSW and the NSW Police Force also launched a safety and crime prevention online video, ‘Stay safe in our state – advice for international students’, subtitled in nine languages including topics dealing with police and personal safety.

The project is a joint initiative between StudyNSW, Council of International Students Australia and Wollongong Police District.

Mr Blair said NSW is Australia’s most popular international student destination, attracting over 236,000 students and providing a major boost to our economy and cultural vibrancy.

'International education is now NSW’s largest services export industry worth over $10.3 billion and supporting over 46,000 jobs.

'We strongly support international education and we’re committed to making sure students have a positive and safe experience while studying here,' Mr Blair said.

University of NSW students Anand Pabawar of India and Aurelia Israel of New Caledonia were among the student police ambassador recruits.

'I have had a wonderful experience during my time in Sydney. I have had a lot of opportunities to gain experience working on campus and with internships and I have really liked how friendly the people are here. This is an opportunity for me to give back for other students,' said Anand, a final year Master of Commerce student.

Aurelia, who is studying her fourth year of a double degree in civil and environmental engineering, said: 'I came to Sydney to study because UNSW is one of the top 15 universities in the world and I knew some people who have studied here. Once I graduate i hope to apply for permanent residency and work on NSW's infrastructure program.'