Working as a Police Officer

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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.

Sarah and Jayme are two of the forty new officers who graduated in the first double graduation for 2018. Jayme, who had previously worked as a Protective Security Officer for more than six years, is heading to Murray Bridge. Sarah will be starting her career in in the Elizabeth Local Service Area and is keen to become a detective and work with the Serious and Organised Crime Branch in the future.

After graduating from university, Kathryn was unsure about what she wanted to do. She took the plunge to become a police officer and now can’t imagine doing anything else.

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Starting her working life as a veterinary nurse, Sarah later decided she wanted a career with more opportunities for growth and stimulation. Her search led her to policing.

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After Natasha gained some general law enforcement experience, her interest in photography drew her to a role in forensics and ultimately to a career as a crime scene investigator.

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Coming from a strong family background of both Scottish and Aboriginal heritage, Shane understands both indigenous and non-indigenous communities. As a community constable with SA Police, he sees himself as a mediator, helping to educate both his team and the community and bridge the gap between Aboriginal people and policing.

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