23 June 2009
Broad cultural change in the police force, not token hiring of Aboriginal police, is the answer to improving relationships with Indigenous communities, argues Dr Thalia Anthony.
In an opinion piece in today's Unleashed, Dr Anthony writes that
"The method of Aboriginal recruitment into the police force as a means of better policing Aboriginal communities has existed since the early colonial period. Aboriginal people were recruited into the mounted police force and served as trackers in the colonisation process. However, it has not always been effective in improving relations with communities and has the capacity to worsen police-Aboriginal relations."