By Riverine Herald, | July 17, 2017
KYAL Atkinson hopes to be a police officer one day. And the 17-year-old is one step closer to his dream — completing a school-based traineeship at Echuca police station.
The St Joseph’s College year 11 student is among 32 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the state taking part in the Victorian Government’s $63 million Jobs Victoria initiative — Skillinvest.
Kyal works at the police station every Thursday, doing administration tasks including filing, paperwork and inventory checks – while completing a Certificate III in Business Administration.
‘‘It’s been really good. I’ve been learning a lot and getting skills in teamwork and communication,’’ he said.
Echuca’s Senior Sergeant Mick Carroll said the traineeship aimed to improve relationships and set young indigenous Victorians on a path to a career in the police force. ‘‘I’ve wanted to be a police officer since I was young,’’ Kyal said.
‘‘My uncle was an Aboriginal liaison officer at Shepparton police and I really looked up to him. ‘‘I did work experience at Echuca police station last year and it really made me want to pursue a career in the police force.’’