Careers In Focus: Policing

Have you ever thought about a career in policing? Are you looking for a job in policing?

Here’s a guide to the benefits of a career in policing and how to apply to join the police force.

According to Indeed, there are various benefits to a career in the police force.

Benefits to a career in the police force

Variety of duties

Police Officers perform various tasks daily.  Tasks could include issuing infringements, interviewing suspects and gathering evidence.

Strong relationships with colleagues

Police Officers have a responsibility to their colleagues and the wider community. Therefore, they develop strong working relationships with other officers.


Police Officers work a variety of hours. They may work late at night or early in the morning, allowing them to spend time with their family during the day.

Use problem solving skills

One of a police officer’s primary duties is to solve problems.  For example, they regularly piece together evidence to solve crimes.

Make a difference and serve the community

As a Police Officer, you help protect the community from harm. They can demonstrate authority, while also demonstrating empathy and kindness.  Police officers are also responsible for comforting people going through difficult times.  

Job security

Police Officers have excellent job security, with demand for police only increasing.

Staying physically fit

A career in the police force is an ideal career for those who want to stay fit. You may have to chase suspects. 

Develop life skills

As a Police Officer, you develop a range of skills and attributes that can benefit you throughout your life. These include teamwork, assertiveness, active listening, empathy, courage, critical thinking, physical stamina, morality and interpersonal communication. Many of these skills are transferrable and would be highly regarded if you decided to change careers.

Generous entitlements

Police Officers receive generous leave entitlements, attractive salaries and superannuation packages and allowances for working outside business hours. They may also receive extra benefits for working in rural or remote areas. Flexible working arrangements may also be available, depending on the nature of your work.


How to become a police officer

The steps involved in becoming a police officer are similar in each state and for the AFP. The process is extensive to determine your suitability for the police force.

Here’s an idea of what prospective applicants can expect according to NSW Police and Victoria Police 

Firstly, you will be required to apply online.

You must ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to be a Police Officer.

If successful, some states will require you to sit an entrance exam.

You will then undertake a variety of background checks.

Prospective officers are also required to complete various fitness tests. These may include swimming, agility,  jumping, push-ups and grip tests.

You will also have to undergo psychological and health checks, which may include eye and hearing tests. In some cases, a one-on-one appointment with a psychologist may be required.

Further checks will be undertaken before you are asked to participate in a panel interview, which is usually the final stage.

If being a Police Officer is not for you or you don’t meet the requirements, there are various other roles that involve working with the police.  These include roles in IT, mental health, human resources, communications and injury management. These are advertised on state government job boards such as  I Work For NSW   (New South Wales) or Careers Victoria  (Victoria).

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