Aboriginal Affairs Division Appointments
AAD Superintendent Brian Wilkinson, Inspector Geoff Regan and Inspector Sue Parmer are the newly appointed leadership team who will continue the important work of advancing relationships with the Aboriginal community and ensuring cultural safety within the WA Police Force which follows the Commissioner's Apology Speech last year.
Assistant Commissioner (Capability and Coordination) Craig Ward said that these officers have all faced unique challenges during their careers.
"This is experience the agency must draw upon, and as Aboriginal persons they are perfectly placed to advance the WA Police Force on what will be a long and challenging journey towards greater understanding and better outcomes for all Aboriginal people" he said.
"The timing is perfect as we move into National Reconciliation Week which runs annually from 27 May– 3 June. The 2019 theme is ‘Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage’ and the WA Police Force will be encapsulating this sentiment through a number of significant activities next week.”
Supt Wilkinson said he has always strived to work where he can have the greatest impact for Aboriginal people. "After joining the WA Police Force as a Cadet in 1980, I left policing to work in a range of strategic roles in 2009, to be able to return to the WA Police Force and combine this experience with my years of frontline policing is now the place I feel most passionately can make the biggest difference.
Inspectors Regan and Parmer said they look forward to working with the team at AAD to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians, making a difference for all.