ACT Policing has more than 800 staff committed to ensuring the delivery of policing services to the ACT.
As a police officer, you can make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community. ACT Policing is the community policing arm of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), which means when a crime is committed in the ACT you are the first point of contact.
Once you successfully complete your 24 week live-in recruit course at the AFP College in Canberra, you will become a Constable of Police and be deployed to one of five police stations to undertake General Duties.
Within ACT Policing there are options to specialise in areas such as:
- community safety
- family violence
- drugs and organised crime
- sexual assault
- rural patrol
- traffic operations
- crash investigations
- emergency/disaster management.
Visit our YouTube channel to hear from our police officers about their experience.
ACT Policing also employs unsworn members to support operational teams.
This includes areas such as:
- human resources
- finance and logistics
- media and public engagement
- ministerial and policy
- administrative support.
If you are interested in a sworn or unsworn role in the AFP or ACT Policing visit the careers page on the AFP website.
Volunteers in Policing
The AFP Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program operates within the ACT, in support of the activities of ACT Policing. As a police volunteer, you have the opportunity to help make a difference to your community.
Our volunteers bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience to their roles which include:
- front office support at police stations
- assistance at community events
- ceremonial support (award investitures)
- catering at training exercises and workshops
- role playing for police recruit training.
The program operates between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday with very limited after-hours or weekend work. No remuneration is paid to police volunteers.
Minimum mandatory requirements
Applicants must meet the following mandatory requirements:
- Be aged 18 years or older.
- Be an Australian Citizen at the time of application; and
- Be of good character.
Applicants are required to undergo psychological testing, security vetting and selection interviews.
The program is based in Canberra and provides support to ACT Policing only. Interstate applicants should contact police recruitment in their relevant state jurisdictions.
Unfortunately, ACT Policing is not currently recruiting for volunteers; however this website will be updated when recruitment is occurring. Please note, this program is not an entry pathway to a career in the AFP.
Directions Program Traineeship
The Directions Program Traineeship is an integrated full time employment and career development program, delivered in Canberra over 12 months. In addition to ongoing (permanent) employment, participants are provided with professional development opportunities to enhance their capability to undertake a career in the AFP.
Applications for this year’s intake have now closed.
Visit the AFP website for more information.