Police officers protect the community from crime and disorder by providing services to uphold the law, protect life and property, preserve the peace, prevent crime, detect and apprehend offenders, and help those in need of assistance.
Duties & Tasks
Police officers may perform the following tasks:promote crime prevention and undertake community policing activities to improve the quality of community life
patrol assigned areas on foot or in vehicles to check security of property and watch for unusual activity
apprehend law breakers
investigate criminal offences and question suspicious people about their activities
gather information about crimes and accidents by talking to victims and witnesses and taking notes and statements in writing
direct and re-route traffic at congested areas
respond to citizens' complaints and attend scenes of disturbances and reported illegal activities
detain and search suspects for weapons, stolen goods or drugs
work with ambulance, firefighting and defence force personnel to control emergency situations such as floods, bomb threats and chemical spills
assist injured and distressed people and search for missing or lost people
carry out routine clerical work
issue infringement notices for traffic offences
attend special events (such as football matches) and control crowds where necessary
give evidence in court from previously prepared briefs and notes
perform random breath tests of drivers to detect those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
secure crime and accident scenes, and locate or obtain evidence for analysis
give sympathetic, constructive and reassuring assistance and feedback to victims of crime.
All newly appointed police officers are initially required to perform station and patrol duties.par Police officers are required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays, and serve in any part of the relevant state or territory.
enjoy helping people
able to stay calm in difficult situations
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
tolerant of people from all backgrounds and cultures
honest and reliable
willing to accept responsibility
socially mature with a degree of mental toughness
able to analyse and solve problems
have an acceptable traffic/criminal record
Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency
able to satisfy medical requirements.