Indigenous police recruited

THE recruitment of 1000 Indigenous Australians into the NSW Police Force will be "critical to generational change", according to the state's Aboriginal affairs minister Victor Dominello.

In a historical "employment covenant" entered into by prominent Aboriginal leaders, the State Government and mining magnate Andrew Forrest, programs across the state will pave the way for the target to be reached within the next decade.

Speaking in parliament on this afternoon Mr Dominello said among other things, Aboriginals would be given every opportunity to go through the state's police college program where an average of 60% of students go on to become police officers.

He said successive governments had failed in bringing about genuine change in Aboriginal employment statistics and it was hoped the new initiative marked the beginning of a new era in "real, sustainable jobs".

Earlier, Generation One leader Warren Mundine told reporters social welfare had been the "poison for our community for far too long" and said the police initiative was a step in the right direction towards ending disparity.

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