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The Academy

Once you’ve been accepted into the Constable Development Program, you’ll join as many as 30 other recruits at SA Police's Academy for your foundation training course.

Located in Taperoo, north-west of Adelaide’s city centre, the academy houses state-of-the-art facilities including:

  • simulation training facilities
  • a scenario-based training village
  • weapon ranges
  • self-defence training rooms
  • a gymnasium
  • a library
  • lecture theatres
  • a mess hall
  • classrooms

Your time at the academy may be challenging. However, with the supportive learning environment that your training officers and peers provide, you’ll find your experience as a cadet extremely rewarding.

What you'll learn

At the SA Police Academy, you’ll combine lessons in law, investigations and procedure with operational safety, firearms and basic driver training.

Your hours of training will be 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Occasionally, we may require you to train during the evenings, and you’ll also need to complete study in your own time.

Some of the skills you’ll acquire during this period include:

  • searching and handcuffing
  • restraint and control techniques
  • self-defence techniques
  • incident management
  • physical conditioning
  • basic police administration.

You’ll also participate in practical role-playing scenarios, simulating an operational policing environment that will allow you to further develop and hone your newly acquired skills.

We will assess all that you learn during your time at the academy in both theory and practical exams.

Get a taste of life at the SA Police Academy. Watch the video below.

An overview of our Constable Development Program

Our cadet training program at the police academy aims to test you both physically and mentally to see whether you have what it takes to be a member of SA Police.

Phase 1

You will receive an induction to policing, covering corporate priorities and relating them to basic patrol and station work. During this phase, you’ll participate in an overnight training exercise at the police training reserve in Echunga.  You will also undertake firearms training and driver training at the academy.

Phase 2

You will complete a placement at a local metropolitan or regional police station.

Phase 3

You will continue to build on the policing knowledge and experiences acquired during the first two phases in order to consolidate your learning.  You will be sworn in as a Probationary Constable at the conclusion of this phase.

Phase 4

Working shift work, you will complete a placement within Traffic Services Branch and also in a custodial care environment. During this phase, you will receive guidance and support from a field tutor, and will be practically applying the skills and knowledge you have gained so far.

Phase 5

You will complete your training in law, policy and procedure.  You will also complete an operational placement in a metropolitan District or regional Local Service Area.  Upon successful completion of phases 1 to 5, you will graduate from the academy and be deployed as a general duties patrol officer.

Are you ready for the challenges of a career in policing? Register for a seminar to find out more or apply today to begin your journey to becoming a police officer with SA Police.