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Police

Police protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.

Overview

Police protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.

Day-to-day

  • investigating and prosecuting offences committed in areas such as organised, corporate and computer crime, environmental offences, drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting and terrorism
  • securing and examining scenes of crimes and accidents to locate and obtain evidence for analysis
  • protecting witnesses and investigating official corruption
  • maintaining public order and safety
  • patrolling assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime
  • investigating accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens' complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders
  • testing persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issuing infringement notices for traffic offences
  • directing and re-routing traffic at congested areas
  • attending community meetings and answering inquiries from the public where necessary
  • providing advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families
  • maintaining records and preparing reports.

Considerations

  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • shift work
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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$2,036 / week
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To become a Police

  • The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and State and Territory Police forces have varying requirements to become a Police Officer. Most require you to complete secondary education. A course in justice administration, law or criminology might be helpful.

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