Wanita Bartholomeusz

Manager of the Aboriginal Affairs Division, WA Police Force

I am a Pini woman from the north-eastern Goldfields of WA. I have had more than 25 years’ experience in working with Aboriginal people for various government agencies and more than 15 years’ experience in the WA Police Force. I have previously worked for Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Defence and TAFE. I am employed with the WA Police Force as Manager of the Aboriginal Affairs Division which provides strategic advice, policy development and operational and critical incident support. I’ve developed and have delivered Aboriginal cultural diversity training to police recruits, police officers and police staff. I have extensive knowledge and skills in the areas of justice, family violence, education, cultural and socio-economic issues, inter-generational trauma and the impact of past history and policy on contemporary issues. I also have a strong understanding of issues pertaining to substantive equality and recruitment and retention of Aboriginal people in employment. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to provide strategic cultural advice for the management of critical incidents impacting the Aboriginal and wider community. Additionally, highlights include the development of a suite of cultural products that assist all officers at all levels in enhancing their cultural knowledge of Aboriginal people leading to improved engagement and a reduction of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. My passion is building sustainable relationships between Aboriginal people and police to assist in guiding the WA Police Force in a becoming a national leader of cultural security for Aboriginal people.