Shannen is a proud Kuku-Yalanji woman from Palm Island in Queensland and a graduate of the 2018 Directions Program at the AFP.

What attracted you to apply for the Directions Program?

I've always been passionate about joining the AFP once I started working as a Police Liaison Officer on Palm Island. I joined the Directions Program to help break down some of the barriers that can exist between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and law enforcement. Coming from an Indigenous community I can understand how important it is that community members understand why there are police in place to help protect our community. Working within the AFP helps me to break down those barriers.

After graduating the program, I have since returned back home on breaks and have encouraged people to apply for the program to experience the great work that AFP does first-hand.

What were you doing before you joined the AFP?

Before joining the AFP, I lived in Darwin and worked as an Administration Officer in Forensic Chemistry for the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services. I was in this position for about a year before moving to Canberra in July 2018.

What was the highlight of your time as part of the Directions Program?

Being part of the Directions Program has given me great career opportunities such as getting to work within different business areas.

During the program I did a rotation through the ThinkUKnow Program (Online Child Safety Team) and was given the opportunity to travel as part of the team to Melbourne, Goulburn and Sydney. I was also lucky enough to attend the 2018 NRL Rookie Camp in Sydney, which was a highlight of my rotation.

What opportunities have opened up to you since graduating; and where are you now?

Since graduating I have secured a permanent position in ACT Policing. I hope that my policing career will continue to progress as I gain further experience and skills across the AFP.

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