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About Us

Keeping SA Safe

South Australia Police (SAPOL) provides a broad range of police and community services to ensure the safety and security of the South Australian community.

Formed on 28 April 1838, the South Australia Police was Australia's first centrally organised police service. Since that historic day, we have forged a reputation for achievement that we continue to build on today.

Through our workforce, comprising over 5000 police and civilian employees, we are responding to the challenges presented by our diverse and ever-changing environment, while striving to provide the highest possible level of service to the community.

The jurisdiction of South Australia covers a vast area of almost one million square kilometres, with a population of over 1,500,000.

With a focus on crime reduction we are continually developing local problem-solving partnerships that see police and support staff in our 13 Local Service Areas working closely with communities across the State.

The Local Service Areas are supported by our centralised Crime and Operations Support Services that provide specialist expertise and resources.  

Guided by our Strategic Direction, we are charting our course as a progressive and responsive organisation, while ensuring our reputation for honesty, integrity and community satisfaction continues to grow.


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Commissioner Burns settles in

In this modern age, people are increasingly turning to the internet to find out what they need to know. The world-wide-web has become a fundamental medium for receiving and delivering information on virtually any topic imaginable.

In recognition of this, the South Australia Police web site provides information for a wide range of people, including local communities, road users, teachers and students, and potential police officers. Within the pages of the web site you'll find answers to the questions we're most commonly asked and information to help people use our services and minimise crime.

The development of the internet site is a visual demonstration of our commitment to providing a high level of service to all communities throughout our vast State. I encourage you to explore the site and view the range of programs and strategies we are putting in place to underpin this commitment.

Gary Burns
Commissioner of Police


Government of SA SA Government Services