Recruitment process

Recruiting now
SA Police is currently looking to recruit police officers and protective security officers, with courses commencing between October 2020 and January 2021. Read media release Watch our latest recruiting video

Looking for the fitness test video? Click on the Physical and agility testing heading below. Please note the test must now be completed in under 2 minutes 30 seconds to be competitive.

Although a career in policing can be rewarding, it can also be tough. To meet the challenging demands of the job, you need to embody the values and potential that’s necessary to succeed as a police officer.

Once you’ve determined that you meet our eligibility criteria and submitted your application, you’ll undergo a rigorous recruitment process that aims to determine whether you’re right for the job.

Our quick self-assessment checklist can help you confirm your eligibility.

Please note we are currently accepting all applications without the completion of the SA Police Recruitment Test. Applicants will be required to sit the Recruitment Test with the Recruiting Section during the recruitment process.

Evaluation and testing

We will evaluate your application to ensure you meet SA Police’s eligibility criteria. If you do, we’ll invite you to attend an evaluation and testing session at our police headquarters (100 Angas St, Adelaide).

These sessions usually take place on Mondays and Thursdays and include completing the SAPOL Recruitment Test, an IQ test and a personality profile.

Panel interview

After evaluation of your testing, we may invite you to attend a panel interview. This interview is your opportunity to demonstrate the necessary qualities and qualifications to succeed in a career as a police officer, such as:

  • leadership
  • decisiveness
  • problem-solving
  • stress management
  • integrity
  • courage
  • respect.

To help assess your personal values, beliefs and attitudes, we’ll ask about and draw on examples from your education, workplaces, social interaction, community interests, and general life experience.

Medical examination

To participate in academy training and police duties, you need to meet required medical standards. Our Police Medical Section will conduct a medical examination to ensure you meet these standards.

Read more about our medical standards

Physical and agility testing

To carry out policing duties, you must complete our ‘fit for duty’ fitness test. As part of this test, you’ll wear a 10kg vest and complete the following exercises:

  • run 80 metres
  • run 25 metres carrying two 15kg weights
  • cross a slippery balance beam
  • do 20 step-ups
  • climb over a one-metre-tall fence
  • drop to the ground and stand up five times
  • collect a training firearm and pull the trigger 13 times with each hand.

At the start of the test, we’ll give you five physical characteristics to remember (for example, gender or hair colour), and you’ll need to recall at least three of these once you’ve finished.

The test is challenging, so it’s best to start a gradual cardiovascular exercise program in preparation. To be competitive, you need to complete the test in less than two minutes and thirty seconds. Police cadets must also achieve this level to graduate from academy training and the Constable Development Program.

Check out our fit for duty test in action below to see what’s involved.

Selection

Our selection board will carefully review your application and will make a decision regarding an offer of employment based on the results of your testing and evaluation during the recruitment process. If the board selects you, we will contact you and provide all the information about when your training will begin.

Please note that successful completion of all tests does not guarantee selection.

Country and interstate applicants

We understand that, due to geographical restrictions, interstate applicants and those living in regional South Australia may have difficulty attending our standard testing program.

Once we accept your application, we’ll instead invite you to a five-day recruitment event that takes place at our police headquarters. You’ll begin with the SA Police Recruitment Test on Monday and complete all other required testing and evaluations over the next five days.

If you have any other questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact our Recruiting Section.