WA Police Patrons Scheme
The Recruit Squad Patron Scheme was introduced to the Western Australia Police in October 2000. The scheme provides recruits-in-training with access to a respected member of the community who can provide a community expectation of the police and provide appropriate personal advice and guidance.
The Recruit Squad Patrons are all volunteers from the members of the OAA WA Branch. They make themselves available to the recruits during their 28 weeks training course. The background and guidelines for the scheme are outlined here.
WA Branch Scholarship
The Branch committee has proposed a scholarship be awarded to a West Australian in those years when WA hosts the OAA National Conference. Seed money is available and, the Branch committee will be communicating with Branch members separately about fund raising opportunities to fully fund the scholarship.
The Branch committee has made arrangements with EdConnect (an Australian charity) to provide volunteers from members to help vulnerable students in WA. There is no rigid requirement and, members may provide assistance at a level with which they are comfortable.
EdConnect will train, support and place volunteers in local schools convenient to them to mentor students, provide classroom support or, provide other types of support to students (i.e., assisting in school gardens).
Promotion of Nominations
The Branch is very keen to promote the Australian Honours System as a means of recognising the achievements and contributions of outstanding West Australians. Many West Australians have made a real difference but are yet to be nominated for recognition. The Order of Australia is the national means by which the contributions of these worthy West Australians may be recognised.
The Branch committee is happy to provide advice about the making of nominations in the Order. Any Australian may be nominated by any other Australian. The Branch has an informal guide for making a nomination which may be found here.
The Branch committee would also welcome discussions with all WA professional and charitable organisations to help promote more nominations of worthy West Australians for honours in the Order of Australia.