Probationary period

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Following graduation from the police academy, you’ll begin a 16 to 18-month probationary period that aims to build on the skills you’ve developed and to provide you with valuable in-field experience.

After a short induction program, we’ll assign you to a patrol team. Here, you’ll work with a field tutor as you undertake duties in frontline patrols. These duties include interacting with your local community and responding to incidents such as robberies, assaults, domestic violence issues and vehicle collisions. You’ll also spend time posted to a major police station with cell facilities.

During your probationary period, you’ll develop your personal learning portfolio – a guided-learning workbook that serves as a record of your ongoing workplace capabilities and accomplishments. After completing this portfolio, we’ll transfer you to one of our Districts or to the Public Transport Safety Branch, where you’ll continue your training.

In the final phase of your probation, you’ll return to the academy for final testing before we consider you for permanent appointment. If you complete the Constable Development Program and we appoint you as a constable of SA Police, you’ll receive a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), a nationally accredited award that is recognised by all Australian police services. (Please note, members transitioning from an overseas or interstate police service will not have completed the requirements for this award)