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Specialist areas

At SA Police, we work with our officers to provide continuous opportunities for development and support in fulfilling their career ambitions.

Following graduation from the police academy, you’ll have the opportunity to identify a field in which you want to pursue further study and training. With more than 40 professional specialties available to our officers, you can find a discipline that’s the right fit for you – no matter where your interests lie.

Below are just some of the career opportunities that we provide at SA Police. To learn more, have a read of Blueprint, our quarterly magazine that showcases our officers and the work they do.

Ready for the challenge of being a police officer? Register for a seminar to find out more or apply today and begin your journey towards an exciting new career.

General duties / transit patrol officer

As a transit patrol officer, your job centres on the metropolitan transit system and the community that uses it. By responding to calls for assistance from the public, you’ll be providing the first line of service to your community, detecting and preventing crime, and helping to keep public transport safe for everyone. Learn more about being a general duties officer with SA Police.

Criminal Investigation Branch investigator

As a Criminal Investigation Branch investigator, you’ll attend crime scenes and conduct investigations into reported crime. With a sound knowledge of criminal law and procedures, you’ll be involved in identifying offenders, carrying out arrests and presenting evidence to court.

Traffic officer

As a traffic officer, you’ll not only identify and prevent traffic breaches, but also respond to and assist with general policing duties. Working either solo or in two-person patrols, you’ll undertake special traffic operations, speed management, driver alcohol and drug testing, escorts and event management.


As a prosecutor, you’ll enable the courts to administer justice by presenting evidence at preliminary hearings and other proceedings. You’ll have a current knowledge of legislation, case law and justice administration procedures, and will ensure that sufficient evidence exists to present a case before the court.

Intelligence officer

Intelligence officers support police operations by gathering, collating, evaluating and disseminating information. You’ll research reported incidents and identify crime trends and hotspots, contributing to the preparation and evaluation of proposals to target offenders or problem areas.

Community engagement/crime prevention officers

As community engagement/crime prevention officers, you’ll help maintain local crime reduction initiatives and community safety strategies, as well as assist in developing and implementing these strategies and community education programs.

Special Tasks and Rescue (STAR)

As part of our STAR Group, your specialist duties include the apprehension of armed offenders, search and rescue operations, VIP and witness protection, public order and general policing duties. Due to the physical demands of the role and the risks involved, our STAR Group officers need to exhibit above-average performance in all major skills.

Mounted operations officer

As a mounted operations officer, you’ll provide a visible policing presence to prevent and detect crime and respond to calls for assistance by undertaking mounted patrols, searches and public order management. Your role also includes ceremonial duties and participation in community events. You'll be a confident and accomplished rider, and you’ll also be in involved in the education and training of our horses.

Dog operations officer

As a dog operations officer, you’ll support police operations and the community by training and developing dogs that specialise in general-purpose tracking and searches as well as in drug and firearm/explosive detection.

Water operations officer

As a water operations officer, you’ll be part of the team that leads marine search-and-rescue operations, water-policing activities, and underwater search and recovery. You’ll be trained as a certified SA Police diver and will continuously develop your understanding of marine law.


As a photographer with SA Police, you’ll provide specialist evidence through photographic, digital-imaging and video work. You’ll record crime scenes, examine CCTV footage, compile computer images from witness and victim statements, measure crime scenes and produce scale plans. Learn more about being a photographer with SA Police.

Fingerprint examiner

As a fingerprint examiner, you’ll work with investigation teams from a wide cross-section of police groups, classifying, searching and identifying fingerprints and images from exhibits and crime scenes. Additionally, you’ll prepare statements and exhibits, and attend court to present your specialist evidence.

Specialist investigator

As a specialist investigator, you’ll investigate major crimes, including homicides, drug activity, organised crime and fraud. You’ll also probe other serious criminal matters, such as child exploitation, sexual offences and paedophile activity.

Police academy trainer

As a police academy trainer, you’ll have the chance to pass on all that you’ve learned at SA Police, training, assessing, managing and coordinating recruits in the Constable Development Program. You’ll develop and deliver training programs for cadets as well as train police officers who undertake internal promotional and vocational courses and update their operational safety skills, such as firearms training.

Major crash investigator

As a major crash investigator, you’ll provide statewide coverage for major crashes. With a sound knowledge of criminal and coronial law, you’ll attend crash scenes, conduct investigations and gather evidence for the prosecuting authority, the State Coroner, or both.

Communications operator

As a communications operator, you’ll receive, assess and prioritise calls from the public and police. To help maintain an effective police service, you’ll coordinate the dispatch of patrols to incidents and address inquiries from patrols.

Victim contact officer

As a victim contact officer, you’ll attend to the various needs of victims of crime, providing dedicated assistance, support and advice during personal emergencies. You’ll also work to improve community awareness relating to victims’ issues by providing training services and delivering lectures.

Cybercrime investigator

As a cybercrime investigator, you’ll investigate criminal offences in which people have used computers or other electronic devices to facilitate the commission of the offence, such as credit card fraud, hacking and online harassment.