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ACT Policing career

What we do

ACT Policing works with the community to address victim-based crime, threats to community safety, serious and organised crime, and road safety.

Our aim is to deliver a safe and secure environment for the Canberra community through policing activities on behalf of the ACT Government. 

About us

ACT Policing has more than 900 staff committed to ensuring the delivery of policing services to the ACT as well as dedicated Police Volunteers.

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.

ACT Policing is responsible for providing quality and effective policing services to the ACT. We do this in partnership with the community and the ACT Government. Our mission is to keep the peace and preserve public safety within the ACT. We strive to deliver a professional, innovative and effective policing service in an ever changing environment for the ACT community.

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.

Career opportunities

Within ACT Policing there are options to specialise in areas such as:

  • Community safety
  • Family violence
  • Drugs and organised crime
  • Sexual assault
  • Fraud
  • Rural patrol
  • Road policing
  • Intelligence
  • Crash investigations
  • Emergency/disaster management.

ACT Policing also employs professional members to support operational teams. This includes areas such as:

  • Human resources
  • Finance and logistics
  • Media and public engagement
  • Ministerial and policy
  • Administrative support
  • Police Operations Centre
  • Community liaison
  • Member welfare.

We recognise that diversity creates a stronger and more effective organisation. All employees bring a range of experience, knowledge and insight, which is why we focus on maintaining a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve.

Where can your career take you?

All ACT Policing members are employed as part of the AFP, the career potential is far beyond community policing and the roles mentioned above. Once you are a member of the AFP there are many roles within reach locally, nationally and internationally not only as part of the AFP, but the Australian law enforcement sector more broadly. Visit the AFP jobs website to find out more.

Videos

  • Sergeant Shona Davis

  • Recruits Dan and Marama

  • Working in ACT Policing Operations

  • Recruits Nigel and Connor

  • Behind the scenes - Graduation ceremony with Rachel and Blaine

  • Recruits Major Scenario Training

  • Sergeant Wong

  • First Constable Wiseman

  • Constable Seton

  • Behind the scenes - Graduation Ceremony 2018

  • Volunteers in Policing Program (recruiting now)

  • Recruits: Ben and Carla (Graduation Day)

  • Recruits: Ben and Carla (major practical training)

  • Not your average - Water Police

  • Behind the scenes - Graduation Ceremony 2016

How to apply and current vacancies

For information on the recruitment and application process, eligibility requirements, how to apply and to view current vacancies visit the AFP jobs website.

Directions Program

The Directions Program is an integrated 12-month employment and development program and runs annually from February. The program provides permanent, full-time employment in specialist and support positions and gives participants professional development opportunities to have a challenging and rewarding career.

Throughout the structured 12-month program, you may work in a number of roles across multiple teams, exposing you to opportunities that will provide the tools and resources you need to begin a fulfilling career.

Your work will contribute to, and influence, programs and policies impacting on all Australians, including First Nations families and communities. It also helps ensure the AFP’s and ACT Policing’s workforce is representative of the communities we serve.

Applications for this year’s intake are now open. Visit Directions Program on the AFP jobs website for more information.

Frequently asked questions

I don’t live in Canberra can I still apply for ACT Policing?

Yes. Applications are being sought from across Australia and encouraged from all states and territories. Successful applicants will be required to live at the AFP College in Canberra during the recruit training and expected to move to Canberra upon successful completion of this training.

Does ACT Policing allow for flexible working arrangements?

We are committed to providing a flexible work environment to meet the genuine operational requirements of the organisation and to accommodate, wherever possible, employee preferences to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

While our police recruits are deployed to roles with shift work requirements, there are a range of flexible work practice options available which may suit both the needs of the employee and the requirements of the workplace. These work practices include flexible working hours, compressed working hours and part time work.

What kind of people are ACT Policing looking for?

We recognise that diversity creates a stronger and more effective organisation. All employees bring a range of experience, knowledge and insight, which is why we focus on maintaining a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve.

To determine if you are eligible to apply, refer to the Officer Application Process on the AFP jobs website.

How long is the probation period?

On graduating from the recruit training program members will move into selected ACT police stations. After successfully completing the requirements within the AFP Workbooks and after a minimum period of 12 months, members will then be able to conclude their probation period.

When am I officially a police officer?

Upon successful completion of the training program you will participate in a graduation ceremony at AFP Headquarters. Officers recite the oath or affirmation of office in front of the AFP Commissioner and invited family and friends. This ceremony will be the first time your status as constables of police will be formalised. You will also receive your AFP badge and warrant card. 

Will I be required to carry a gun?

Yes, it is an operational requirement for police members to carry a gun. You may also be required to carry a Conducted Electrical Weapon (commonly known as a ‘Taser’).

Where can I find information about aptitude testing?

Information and examples of general aptitude testing (not specifically the ones used by the AFP) might be found in your local library or large bookshop. Technical information about aptitude and psychological testing can be found in university libraries. You can also do a general search on the internet.

Is ACT Policing an independent police service?

ACT Policing is the community policing arm of the AFP. We deliver policing services to the ACT through a policing arrangement between the ACT and Commonwealth Governments.
This arrangement is of great benefit to the ACT and AFP, as we can multi-skill our members and provide them with greater career opportunities, training and exposure to local, national and international law enforcement.

How long do I have to stay with ACT Policing before I can transfer to another area of the AFP?

You will generally be required to complete 5 years in ACT Policing to ensure you have acquired all of the foundational skills, knowledge and experience that a police officer needs prior to moving into other areas of the AFP.

Am I required to work shift work including weekends?

Yes, you will be required to work a range of shifts including day, afternoon and night shifts including weekends. The shifts may vary in length; however, they will generally be 10 hour shifts. Visit the AFP jobs website to find out more.

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