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Working as a Police Officer

In Adelaide and throughout regional South Australia, our officers strive to maintain the safety and security of our local communities. A career in policing means dealing with the unexpected – you’ll face challenges and potentially risky situations every day as you patrol, respond to calls and enforce the law. But it’s also an extremely rewarding career, and we will train you so that you’re well-prepared to safely manage incidents and solve problems.

At SA Police, we care about our officers. You’ll be an important member of our family and experience the camaraderie of a tight-knit team of dedicated, hardworking individuals.

You’ll have the support of our benefits and incentives, which aim to ensure you have ongoing opportunities for growth and development.

Our structured career progression program means you’ll have the job security of clear career pathways with generous salaries. And our diverse range of specialist roles and further study and training options mean that during your time with SA Police, you’ll never stop learning.

Our officers come from a variety of backgrounds and draw on their individual skills, strengths and experiences. The following videos highlight a number of our officers – why they chose a career in policing, their roles and aspirations, and the opportunities they’ve received at SA Police.

In this first video above we meet Constable Emma, who worked in retail and started uni in paramedic studies, but after working alongside SAPOL personnel during her placement, she realised a policing career was her true calling and a better fit – and she hasn’t looked back since. Emma, whose first posting after graduating The Academy two years ago was to Mount Gambier, talks about the benefits of being a police officer and what she likes about country policing, what career opportunities she is interested in and about her experience at The Academy.

Meet Crime Scene Investigator, Jane and Fingerprint Examiner, Stacey as they explain their career journey in Forensics - something that doesn’t require a formal science degree.