Police Officers patrol public areas, maintain public order, enforce laws and make arrests. They gather evidence and investigate crimes to protect the public and support the criminal justice system.
Work locations are varied and may include offices, courts, urban streets and rural areas. Night and weekend shifts are common, and some travel may be required.
Suits people with an interest in public safety, security, the legal system and government policy. The ability to deal with stressful situations, and skills in active listening, critical thinking, social perceptiveness and negotiation are important.
Australian citizenship or permanent residency is essential. Candidates must complete background checks and a variety of health, aptitude and fitness tests as a part of the application process.
Study in justice administration, law or criminology can contribute to a successful application and ongoing specialisation.
Apply for the recruit program directly with your state or territory police force, or with the Australian Federal Police. Federal and state police forces will each have different entry requirements.
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