Two ACU International students were recently nominated to take part in a two-day residential course held at the NSW Police Leadership Centre. Consolata Muthee from Kenya and Nikita Neupane from Nepal attended the first NSW Police International Student Ambassador Program two-day, at University of Western Sydney, Richmond campus on 28 – 29 March 2018.
Student Ambassador Program
The aim of the program was to improve the confidence of international students (and their families) in their safety and security while studying in NSW. The ‘Awareness of Policing’ program consisted of practical demonstrations and activities where participants played a ‘hands-on’ role in simulated policing scenarios. Participants also received presentations on current relevant crime trends, crime prevention tips, safety tips, fraud/scam prevention tips, road safety awareness, and instructions on using various means to report crimes. There was also training in leadership, public relations and crisis management.
Consolata and Nikita said that it was a great privilege to represent ACU and have the opportunity to provide feedback about issues facing international students. They were fortunate enough to meet with NSW Police Commissioner, Michael Fuller APM, who was there to open the program. With over 240,000 international students in NSW, the Police Commissioner said that “every culture brings with it a different relationship with law enforcement’ and that the “ambassadors are the ones who they need to empower to go back to their universities and really promote NSW police as a strong partner of that huge community which is international students.”
Inspector Roger Best, Officer in Charge, NSW Police commented that “the interaction, the considered and intuitive questions, and general positive outlook from the students was just wonderful to observe. They are an amazing group of young people, who I have no doubt will help the NSW Police attend to the needs of international students more effectively in the future.”
Consolata and Nikita said that the key message that NSW Police have asked them to take back is “that the NSW Police can be trusted and are there to help – their role as ambassadors is to encourage students to report matters to local police.’’
NSW police have confirmed that, as a result of the success of the program, they will be continuing the initiative in 2019.
FInd out more
Listen to the NSW Police Commissioner’s message and video highlights from the program.
NSW Police Force have created a safety video available to international students studying in NSW. They encourage students to watch the video as it covers a range of topics and tips on how to stay safe and get help if they need it. The video is available in nine subtitled languages to help them better understand the important messages from police.