Why Join Us

Are you looking for an exciting new career and the chance to make a positive contribution to your community?

Here at SA Police, our policing and community services help to ensure the safety and security of more than 1.6 million people each and every day.

Choose from three policing roles: police officer, protective security officer, and community constable. Additionally, we offer career pathways in more than 40 specialist policing areas as well as a number of other professional positions that help support the important work of our officers.

Whatever your background and skills, our diverse range of career opportunities means that your experience can be a highly valued addition to our organisation.

Our vision

SA Police is an organisation with a proud history and an exciting vision for the future. Although we continue to develop our capacity to respond to challenges, we also aspire to provide the best policing services to meet the changing needs and expectations of South Australians.

Guided by the vision and values outlined in our SAPOL 2020 charter (PDF, 1500kb), we’re setting a benchmark for the future of policing. Our aim is to be accessible, innovative, and efficient in the use of our resources, as well as responsive in the delivery of our frontline services, regardless of the circumstances.

Our commitment to this strategy will drive our organisation through our core programs of Public Safety, Crime and Criminal Justice Services, and Road Safety, with a focus on our values of:

  • service
  • integrity
  • courage
  • leadership
  • collaboration
  • respect

At SA Police, these will be the guiding principles that will shape our culture as well as your career and experiences.

Working at SA Police

A career with SA Police means you’ll enjoy the camaraderie and support of a friendly, close-knit team of hardworking individuals. As part of the SA Police family, you’ll also receive generous benefits that will ensure you’ll always find it a great place to work.

We also provide continuous opportunities for growth and development, so whatever your career ambitions are, we’re here to support you. You’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside and receive mentorship from highly skilled professionals.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear what it’s like to work at SA Police from those who experience it every day – our officers.

To learn more about our people, their work, and their achievements, have a read of Blueprint, our quarterly magazine that showcases the hard work of our staff.

Our commitment to equity and diversity

We pride ourselves on fostering a fair, flexible, and safe workplace for all our staff. This means we support inclusive work practices and have a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination, harassment and bullying. SA Police is a White Ribbon-accredited workplace.

We’ve enacted a number of equity and diversity strategies that aim to build a positive and diverse workplace that provides support for all our officers. These include increasing the representation of women at all levels within SA Police, recruiting people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and supporting employees with disabilities and recognised carers so they fully participate in all aspects of our workplace.

Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) are also in place at all Districts/Local Service Areas and other specialist areas to support the local LGBTIQ community, improve safety and ensure fair and equal access to our policing services.

Begin making a difference today

Think you’re ready to become a valued member of SA Police? Whether you’re a school leaver, university graduate, or just someone looking for a career change, there are many ways you can join our team.

Apply now if you want to pursue a career as a police officer, protective security officer, or community constable. You can complete a quick self-assessment  to confirm your eligibility to become a police officer or protective security officer. If you meet the criteria, then download the forms you’ll need to begin the application process.  If you’re interested in a support role, visit our Other careers page.

If you still have questions, a staff member from our Recruiting Section will be happy to discuss them with you. Call on 7322 3353.