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Eligibility

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SA Police is currently recruiting police officers and police security officers. Watch our latest recruiting video or our latest PSO video

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.

Citizenship

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

Age

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

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

Licence

To apply for a position as a protective 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.

Health

To participate in academy training and protective security officer duties, you'll need to meet the required medical standards. Your health, including medical conditions and medications will be assessed to ensure you meet the required standards.

Prior to commencement at the Academy successful applicants are required to have an approved vaccination status in compliance with current directions of the Commissioner of Police.  Evidence of vaccination will be required (COVID-19).

Eye sight

  • Your visual acuity needs to be 6/9 or better (with or without correction) AND 6/18 or better in your worse eye without correction.
  • If you are aware that you have abnormal colour vision, please refer to the medical standards below.

Read more about our medical standards.

Fitness

As a police 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 40 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.

Education

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 protective security officer duties.

First aid

As a protective 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 Protective Security Officer.

COVID-19 vaccination

Prior to commencement at the Academy successful applicants are required to have an approved vaccination status in compliance with current directions of the Commissioner of Police.  Evidence of vaccination will be required (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.