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Spotlight on Indigenous officers in latest season of Our Law

Rhiannon Clarke -

The groundbreaking NITV documentary series Our Law will in its latest season investigate the dynamics between law enforcement and First Nations communities across Australia.

Expanding beyond Western Australia and crossing state lines into New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Torres Strait, audiences will ride along with Aboriginal officers on the frontline in jurisdictions as they attempt to change the system from within and break the cycle of Indigenous incarceration.

This eight-part docu series continues to break new ground, privy to frontline police operations, squad car conversations, high stakes decision making and the powerful personal journeys of First Nations police officers and recruits around Australia.

The cameras provide an intimate view of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander police officers in various Australian communities, each with its own unique history, culture, and policing requirements. Locations include Perth, Kalgoorlie, Nambucca Heads, Redfern, Ballarat, Caboolture and Thursday Island.

Our Law will premiere on NITV and SBS on Thursday 9 May from 8.30pm (Image: supplied)

Returning for the second series, Leroy Rundle and Ace Keirnan, previously seen as Western Australian police cadets in the previous season, encounter fresh obstacles in their new roles as a Recruit and a Custody Officer.

The show also tracks the experiences of West Australian Police Sergeant Alan Kickett, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers (ACLO) Melissa Muter, NSW Police Force Scott Mieni and Narelle Dickson, and Victoria Police Sergeant Melissa Peters.

Queensland Police Service's Senior Constable Patricia Pedro, Constable Jarwin Blackman, and Constable Laurie Bateman also feature as they carry out their duties in different communities.

Our Law stands out with its distinctive approach to storytelling as it delves into multiple narratives, with renowned Australian actress Deborah Mailman once again lending her voice to the series.

Series Director, Perun Bonser, hopes Our Law will build a better relationship between the police and indigenous communities.

"It is my hope that the series seeds critically important national conversations, which must take place now, if we are to establish a system of law that is fair for everyone," Mr Bonser said.

"The responsibility of building a relationship between the police and Indigenous communities is on all of us."

NITV's Head of Commissions, Marissa McDowell, said NITV has worked with the Our Law team to bring this vital series to a national audience.

"Our Law has unprecedented access as it follows 11 members of police services across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, the Torres Strait and Western Australia," Ms McDowell said.

"The series demonstrates the importance of Indigenous police working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to build trust and bridge the gap of communication.

Audiences will ride along with Aboriginal officers on the frontline in jurisdictions as they attempt to change the system. (Image: supplied)

"This is a documentary for all Australians, so that Indigenous peoples are seen and heard, including those who work in the police system and those who engage with police."

Screen Australia's Head of First Nations, Angela Bates said the series highlights the importance of First Nations police officers and cadets in breaking down barriers, creating awareness and understanding and healing deeply fractured relationships.

"It skilfully navigates and weaves together the compelling journeys of these officers, while giving voice to the communities being policed," Ms Bates said.

"We're looking forward to watching season two, the stories and conversations that will come out of it, and the impact it has on Australian audiences."

The second series of Our Law will premiere on NITV and SBS on Thursday 9 May from 8.30pm.

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