West Australian Police and local aboriginal artists are celebrating NAIDOC Week together, with a display of artwork at Police Headquarters and the launch of specially made police uniforms and vehicle wraps featuring the local artist’s work.
Seven artists have each created a unique artwork for their respective district and these designs will be proudly worn by 2100 officers across WA, marking the start of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, NAIDOC Week, on July 2nd.
Police officers wearing the special uniform have been educated about the story of the artwork they are wearing, so they can share this story with whoever they encounter.
Michelle Roberts, Minster for Police, said the breakout of colour for WA Police is a fantastic initiative in acknowledging Aborginal history, culture and achievements and celebrating NAIDOC Week.
“This is a really fabulous project by WA Police for NAIDOC Week that will bring communities right through Western Australia together, and I congratulate all those who have been involved in the project – it’s just sensational!”
The uniforms, cars and buildings will be some of the widely seen aboriginal artwork in Western Australia.
The feedback from the Aboriginal community about WA Police’s ‘Lets Celebrate Together’ initiatives has been overwhelming, said Acting Police Commissioner Gary Dreibergs.
“Numerous Aboriginals across WA have told us that it has been very meaningful to see police embracing the Aboriginal community in this way,” Mr Dreibergs said.
The project has been jointly funded by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and WA Police, through money set aside for community projects.