The Protective Security Officer Qualification Program is a comprehensive nine-week course conducted at the Police Academy. You will receive training in:

  • law and evidence
  • communication
  • ethics and integrity
  • authorities pursuant to the Protective Security Act 2007
  • driver training
  • firearms training, OC spray, batons and defensive tactics.

Watch the video below to follow Sarah, Ranjeet and James through the nine-week Protective Security Officers course – hear what motivated them to join, learn about what the job entails, get a glimpse of the training they went through and see them graduate.

Alternatively, watch this snapshot of  Sarah and Ranjeet, as they go through the PSO training program before graduating in May to join the ranks of SA Police.

The Police Academy is a state of the art teaching facility that was opened in 2011. It has extensive computer, classroom and physical training facilities, a scenario village and is located adjacent to the beach. We provide you with all the tools to chart your progress towards your goal through regular practical assessments, exams and feedback. You will be required to attend training on a full-time basis Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm.

After passing the course, you will be deployed to a variety of locations in the first two years of service, to ensure you are exposed to the many different roles within Physical Security Section.

Your training does not stop once you leave the Academy. During your probationary period you receive ongoing training through a Personal Learning Plan. The Plan will focus on operational safety, authorities, day to day duties and will enhance your self development.

Our team members remain in constant contact using the latest technologies, such as the South Australian Government Radio Network, mobile data terminals and GPS tracking in our patrol vehicles.

Once you complete your probation, you’ll have additional opportunities to develop and progress your career.

Read the news story from the 2017 Protective Security Officer graduation