Police

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

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$2036 per week
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    Moderate

    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

    • Physically demanding
    • Requires driving
    • Irregular hours
    • Working outdoors
    • Shift work
    • Stressful

    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.

    Skills employers are looking for

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