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The role of police security officer is interesting, challenging and critical to the security of our state. That’s why we value and look for specific skills and qualities in all our candidates.

Successful police security officers come from a variety of backgrounds, but they have the following characteristics in common: strong communication skills, a community-minded approach and a cool head in stressful situations.

Learn more about the entry requirements for applying as a police security officer with SA Police. Our quick self-assessment checklist can also help you confirm your eligibility.

Prior to selection you will have to provide a current Working With Children Check.


You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency to join SA Police.


You need to be at least 18 years old before you can begin the police security officer qualification program.

There is no upper age limit – all applicants undergo the same application and testing process.


To apply for a position as a police security officer, you need to hold a C class (car) Australian driver’s licence. A provisional 2 (P2) licence is acceptable; however you must not have accrued any demerit points or be on Safer Driver Agreement.


To participate in academy training and police duties, you need to meet required medical standards. Our Police Medical Section will conduct a medical assessment to ensure you meet these standards.

There is currently no SAPOL policy or direction that requires applicants to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Please note that SAPOL may refer you to a medical provider for the medical examination. The following link provides some further information What do I need to do before my assessment? – Corporate Health Group (chg.net.au)

Read more about our medical standards.


As a police security officer, you’ll need to maintain a high level of fitness to meet the physical demands of the job. Throughout the recruitment process, we will carry out physical examinations, including the 'Fit for duty' test, to evaluate your fitness level.

Applicants over the age of 35 will need to undertake an exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) before participating in physical testing.

Read more about the 'Fit for duty' test and the physical testing you will undertake during the recruitment process.


Completion of Year 12 or equivalent is highly desirable. If you haven’t completed Year 12, we will consider other evidence of your ability to cope with the academic aspects of training and the demands of police security officer duties.

First aid

As a police security officer, you need to obtain a basic first aid certificate prior to commencing at the Police Academy. You can get this by completing a one-day course with one of the following organisations or an accredited organisation of your choice:

Your training should cover bleeding control and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Working with Children Check

You will need to obtain a Working With Children Check upon offer of employment as a Police Security Officer.

COVID-19 vaccination

At this time there is no  SAPOL policy or direction that requires applicants to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

SA Police Recruitment Test (TAFE SA)

For a limited time only, South Australia Police is accepting applications without the pre-requisite of prior completion of the SAPOL Recruitment Test with TAFE SA.

You can APPLY NOW and after we have reviewed your application you will be invited to sit the SAPOL Recruitment Test with TAFE SA at no cost to you.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the SA Police Recruitment Test. The test covers the minimum requirements for reading, literacy and numeracy competency.

The current pass marks for the SA Police Recruitment Test for police security officers are:

  • Reading: 50%
  • Writing: 50%
  • Spelling: 50%
  • Numeracy: 50%

Country and interstate applicants will undertake the SA Police Recruitment Test with the Recruiting Section during their testing week in Adelaide and are not required to sit the test with TAFE SA prior to submitting an application.