In 2016 the Premier of Victoria, Danial Andrews announced a plan to hire an additional 3,000 police. Given the lack of African Australian representation among Victoria Police ranks Africause saw this as an opportunity to do something proactive to address this imbalance and to, at the same time create some positive flow on effects through the community in general.
The starting point for addressing the issue was to engage with Victoria Police and, with them, uncover why this under-representation occurs and to build a pathway that would enable members of the African Australian community to successfully navigate the (very challenging) process of joining Victoria Police. We have throughout this journey been overcome with how open and committed to this cause the Victoria Police have been and special mention needs to be made for the efforts in the initial stages of this process by then Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp and our own board member Superintendent Adrian Healy.
This program is one that has required the input of a large array of skillsets and as a result Africause approached and then brought into the working group the combined talents of;
I also need to highlight the efforts of our Chairperson, Mr Phil Brooker provided leadership with Dr. Berhan Ahmed, who did the vast majority of the original legwork to get all these people and organisations in the same room and on the same page. He has continued, on behalf of Africause, to work tirelessly with the various African communities to promote the program and to identify those who have successfully applied to join the program.