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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.

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.

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

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
No day is the same. There is lots of community contact and it can be a very for-filling role. After a while you have the opportunity to try specialist areas.
The challenges
Shift work, there is no getting away from it. Not many roles in the police do not require some form of shift work. Even though you are given your roster in advance it still can be hard to plan things....
4 out of 5Nov 2018
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.
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General duties
The good things
Plenty of variety and opportunities to meet a lot of people from all walks of life. Meet good friends in the workplace.
The challenges
New challanges everyday. Plenty of adrenaline.
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Ass dip arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Diversity, opportunity travel
The challenges
Frustrated, slow, political
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Senior Constable
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General Duties
The good things
Extremely satisfying assisting those who need help. Diversity of jobs. Respectable job and secure.
The challenges
Fatigue from nightshifts. Stressful work under pressure. Regarded as a number of a disposable asset to the organisation. Highly accountable. Limited weekends/family time/socialising. Lack of respect b...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Public Safety (Military Engineering)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General Duties
The good things
You receive a good starting salary and get the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something great for the community. Working with the police you also get that sense of comradeship that you do whils...
The challenges
Dealing with members of the public at their very worst and for others, the very worst day of their lives have got to be the greatest challenges. There is also a large volume of paperwork that recruite...
3 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Honours)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General Duties Police Officer
The good things
Reasonable level of autonomy, ability to make strong relationships with external stakeholders and members of the community. Ability to help people and make a difference to their lives
The challenges
Can be a very thankless job. Work in volatile environments and often experience confrontational situations. Expected to perform more more with less. Often need to perform duties that are the responsib...
2 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Associate Degree in Policing Practice
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General Duties Policing
The good things
Policing is a very challenging role. Apart from dealing with the criminal element of society on a daily basis, there are often pressures from within the organisation as well, which can be just as str...
The challenges
Shift work which involves 12 hour shifts, day or night. You never really get used to it, you just do it because it's part of the role. Dealing with aggressive and violent people on a regular basis ...
3 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher certificate Music
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General duties
The good things
Everyday is different and you don't know what incidents you'll be attending each day
The challenges
You must be able to make quick decisions, keep calm and interact with people from different backgrounds.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Policing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General duties
The good things
Policing offers a variety in your day, from the varying jobs you attend, to how each one can be dealt with. You can't go wrong if you know your legislation and have good intentions. As long as you at...
The challenges
The shift work can be challenging with family commitments and energy levels. People can be disrespectful, verbally and physically abusive. The volume of work and paperwork can be overwhelming at ti...
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Police Officer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
8.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Police
Latest Police Officer jobs on SEEK
Victoria Police
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Use your coordination, planning and people skills as a force for good and join Victoria Police.
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Victoria Police
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Use your coordination, planning and people skills as a force for good and join Victoria Police.
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Victoria Police
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Use your coordination, planning and people skills as a force for good and join Victoria Police.
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Victoria Police
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Use your coordination, planning and people skills as a force for good and join Victoria Police.
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