How to become a police officer

Serve and protect your community and be a force for good.

Pathways to this career

  1. Police officers must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. If you're interested in a policing career, you are required to complete a secondary school certificate. Don't have one? There are a range of accredited trade certifications that will satisfy the same requirements.
  2. Get a First Aid Certificate.
  3. Undergo national security checks.
  4. Go through the Australian Federal Police application process. You must pass a range of physical, mental, and aptitude tests to progress to the next stage.
  5. Studying a criminal justice or criminology degree is often required for more senior roles.

What does a police officer do?

Police officers protect the public, maintain law and order, and prevent crime. They improve life for all citizens using various techniques and technologies to protect them, to identify criminals, and to ensure those who break the law are prosecuted successfully.

Duties and tasks

  • Conduct patrol duties on bicycle, by automobile, or on foot.
  • Safely control and diffuse volatile situations.
  • Enforce road traffic rules and attend road-related incidents.
  • Gather, analyse, and record intelligence to reduce crime and increase community safety.
  • Interview witnesses, suspects, and victims.
  • Keep the peace at protests, strikes, and public gatherings.
  • Respond to calls for assistance from the public.
  • Submit reports and present case files.
  • Attend court and give evidence when necessary.

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