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From ongoing career development opportunities to the reward of giving back to your community, a career in policing with SA Police has a range of benefits.

Hear about the personal and professional rewards police officers get from their jobs.


As a cadet, you’ll receive a salary throughout your training at the police academy. As your career progresses, your salary will increase accordingly. You’ll also receive penalty rates for shift work and public holidays.

Learn more about career progression and salaries as a police officer with SA Police.

Working hours

You’ll be rostered to work 38 hours each week. Flexible working hours and part-time work may also be available after permanent appointment.

Leave benefits

In addition to six weeks paid annual leave each year, you’ll enjoy generous entitlements for:

  • parental leave (including maternity and childcare leave)
  • long-service leave (90 days after 10 years)
  • study leave
  • sick leave (up to 12 days each year)
  • family carer’s leave
  • compassionate leave
  • sporting leave.

Other benefits include:

  • superannuation
  • free uniforms
  • hospital and extras cover (upon joining the Police Health Fund and payment of subscriptions)
  • cash death benefit for dependants (upon joining and contributing to the Police Dependants' Fund)
  • Police Association of South Australia support (upon joining the association and payment of subscriptions)
  • financial support for sports (upon joining the Police Sports Federation and payment of subscriptions).

Support services

A career as a police officer can be both physically and emotionally challenging. And we know that coping with the pressures of work, family and life in general isn’t always easy.

At SA Police, we’re committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all our officers throughout their careers, and we provide a number of services to support wellbeing and welfare.

Field tutors are available as mentors to assist you during your cadetship in your work-based training, on police patrols and in police stations. For the first six months of your probationary period, you’ll also have the support and advice of a probationary constable coordinator in all our Districts/Local Service Areas.

We also offer a range of counselling and welfare services that can help with:

  • workplace concerns
  • relationships
  • financial problems
  • bereavement
  • health
  • lifestyle
  • family issues
  • trauma
  • drug and alcohol dependency.

These services also extend to your family members and can provide additional support in the event you’re exposed to a life-threatening or other traumatic situation.

If necessary, a non-denominational chaplaincy service is available to look after your spiritual welfare and that of your immediate family.

Experience the rewarding benefits of a career in policing. Join today and begin your journey to becoming a police officer with SA Police.