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Police Officer

Dedicate a career to the protection of public life and property.

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.

Police Officer

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.
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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?

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The most common salary in AUS for a Police Officer is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Police Officer


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All Australian Police Officers must hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency and must also pass an extensive application process including background checks, examinations and a series of health, fitness, and psychological tests.

  1. Hold Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  2. Achieve a higher school certificate or equivalent if under 21 years of age.
  3. Hold a full driver’s licence.
  4. Achieve level 1 First Aid Certificate.
  5. Demonstrate active work experience.
  6. 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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How do Police Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 34 Police Officers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.1
Job satisfaction
3.4
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
4.1
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
3.9

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Nov 2018
Policing is for those people that are passionate about making the community safer place
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General Duties
The good things
Challenging but rewarding, the job offers a secure career with potential to move into many different roles. Like any large organisation, it comes with its frustrations, but you’ll end up working along...
The challenges
Being scrutinised on a daily basis, and being exposed to the darkest side of life.
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Oct 2018
Only recommend it if you really need to try it. I honestly don't know many colleagues who like their job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Communications
The good things
Colleagues. All on the same team, w ll most anyway.
The challenges
Management are the worst I have ever experienced since I started working at 16yrs of age. I am now 50. There is little chance of promotion unless you get assistance. There is little opportunity to wo...
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Working hours for Police Officers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Police Officers?

Find out how the job market is trending

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Police Officer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
9.7%
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