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$2,036 per week
Strong

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.

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

  • Communication Skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Conflict Management

  • Negotiation Skills

  • Organisational Skills

  • First Aid

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