What's it like to be a Police Officer?
Police Officers serve to protect public life and property. They undertake extensive on-the-job training and perform a diverse range of duties, including: maintaining public order and safety; being first responder to emergency calls; investigating and prosecuting criminal offences; enforcing traffic law; securing and examining crime scenes; and dealing with violent offenders or people under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Tasks and duties
- Securing and examining scenes of crimes and accidents.
- Maintaining public order and safety and preventing anti-social behaviour.
- Pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders.
- Enforcing traffic law including testing suspected alcohol and drug-affected drivers.
- Managing traffic at congested areas.
- Providing advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families.
- Dealing with drug and alcohol affected people.
- Attending critical incidents and emergencies.
- Protecting witnesses of major crimes.
- Documenting incident reports, maintaining records and preparing regular reports.
Police Officers in Australia are required to carry a firearm and must pass a series of background checks and psychometric, fitness and medical tests.
Police Officers interact with members of the public daily and must be adept at resolving disputes, de-escalation, and remaining calm under pressure.
What can I earn as a Police Officer?
How to become a Police Officer
- Hold Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
- Achieve a higher school certificate or equivalent if under 21 years of age.
- Hold a full driver’s licence.
- Achieve level 1 First Aid Certificate.
- Demonstrate active work experience.
- Undertake the application process, including: eligibility checks; entrance exam; background checks; fitness testing; psychological testing; health checks; comprehensive checks; and a final interview.
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