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What benefits can I expect if I join WA Police?

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Benefits include:

  • six weeks annual leave
  • flexible and part-time work options
  • medical benefits
  • free use of on-site gym facilities in many locations
  • long service leave after 10 years then every seven years of continuous service
  • ongoing professional development
  • opportunities to purchase leave
  • a deferred salary scheme
  • free or subsidised housing in when working in regional locations.

Click here to learn more.


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Can I apply if I have criminal or traffic convictions?

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Yes. However, as WA Police ensure that people of the highest integrity are employed, some types of convictions may impact on your suitability for a position.


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When can I apply?

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Contact the Police Recruitment Centre for the course date for your entry pathway and use the following as a general guide:

  • Recruit - Applications are accepted anytime, as long as you meet the prerequisite entry requirements.
  • Return to WA Police / Transitional Officer - Applications are accepted at any time, however we only run the 13-week shortened course on a needs basis. Email Police Recruiting for details or check our website event dates for further information.  
  • International Recruitment - Applications are only accepted when we undertake an ‘international recruitment campaign’. Applicants from New Zealand can apply at any time. Applicants from compatible jurisdictions in the UK and Republic of Ireland can apply at any time if they are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Police Auxiliary Officer - Custody Support - Not currently recruiting. Applications are only accepted when we advertise though our website.
  • Police Auxiliary Officer - Property Management – Not currently recruiting. Applications are only accepted when we advertise through our website. 
  • Cadet – Not currently recruiting. Applications are only accepted when we advertise through our website. 

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Am I allowed to have secondary employment?

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Yes. However, approval will be given only if it maintains the integrity of the WA Police, operational capabilities and workplace safety plus avoids any real or perceived conflict of interest with police duties and responsibilities. Applications for certain occupations that are considered 'high risk' will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.


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Can I study externally whilst I am at the Police Academy?

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Yes. WA Police encourages you to complete units of study that will enhance your development and career prospects. However, given the study commitment and time constraints, you may find it difficult to complete both.


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Am I paid whilst being trained at the Police Academy?

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Yes, all successful applicants from all entry pathways (Cadet, Recruit, Police Auxiliary Officer, Return to WA Police and Transitional / International) will be paid whilst undertaking training at the Police Academy. Click here for further details and information.


Q

Do I have to do a period of country service?

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You should be prepared to serve anywhere within the state of Western Australia. Many Police Officers rate country service as a career highlight, as it provides a fantastic opportunity for developing policing experience and working closely with and within your regional community. As a Police Officer in a country town, you will handle nearly all aspects of policing which will enable you to gain a great deal of experience in a variety of roles. Like most frontline positions, you will often be amongst the first to attend crime scenes and traffic crashes and respond to public calls for help. You will also become an integral asset for the community by being actively involved with places like schools to tackle crime and safety.


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How can I get into a specific area of WA Police?

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After successfully completing a probationary period, you may apply for a vacant permanent position within WA Police. If the position sought is a specialist position, appropriate skills or qualifications may be required.


Q

What are the promotional opportunities in WA Police?

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Incremental progression to First Class Constable occurs after five years (if all studies and assessments for that rank have been completed), then progression to Senior Constable after a further four years of service (if studies and assessments to that rank have been completed). After achieving the rank of First Class Constable, you may apply for promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Promotion for the ranks of Sergeant and above is based on a merit system.


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What is a Police Auxiliary Officer?

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There is a range of Police Auxiliary roles at WA Police. They provide essential support to Police Officers with:

  • custody duties
  • handling of firearms, property, exhibits and drugs
  • Crossing Guard duties
  • processing of summons and restraining orders on Police premises
  • a range of support tasks.

Police Auxiliary Officers will have some police powers and training. Find out more by clicking here for Police Auxiliary Officer (Property Management) and Police Auxiliary Officer (Custody Support).


Q

If I live in the country, can I apply for a metropolitan position as a Police Auxiliary Officer?

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Yes, you can apply for any position. However, any relocation expenses you incur to accept an offer of employment will be at your own cost.


Q

As a Cadet, what subjects should I be studying and what grades do I need?

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There are no specific subjects or grades required in order to submit an application. The police entrance evaluation will assess your relevant academic ability.


Q

What is the process of becoming a Police Recruit from a Cadet?

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You must achieve satisfactory performance appraisals as a Police Cadet, meet the recruit entry requirements (including integrity check, police entrance evaluation, psychological evaluation, physical performance evaluation and panel interview) and be in possession of a manual driver's licence. 


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How much annual leave do you get in WA Police?

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Police Officers are entitled to six weeks annual leave per calendar year (seven if you are working above the 26th parallel). There are no public holidays for Police Officers. Long Service Leave is three months (520 hours), awarded after ten years continuous service then every seven years after that.


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What is a typical roster of a Police Auxiliary Officer (Custody Support)?

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The shift pattern at the Perth Watch House is 2 days shifts (either 8.5, 9.5 or 10.5 hours), 2 afternoon shifts (either 8.5 or 9.5 hours) and 2 night shifts (10.5 hours) followed by 4 days off.


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Is time off allowed whilst undertaking academy training?

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Time off will not be granted during the Academy unless in emergency circumstances.


Q

Who can certify my supporting documents?

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Please click here to view who can certify your supporting documents.


Q

I've been selected to commence in a recruit school. What are some helpful topics I can research prior to starting at the Academy?

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You could start by researching how to read and understand a statute of law http://www.department.dotag.wa.gov.au/_files/How_to_read_legislation.pdf

 

An example statute the WA Police use on a daily basis is the Criminal Investigation Act 2006.

 

You can also research the Phonetic Alphabet. This is used by WA Police is a variety of situations http://www.phoneticalphabet.net/

 

Please note it is not a requirement to research these topics prior to commencing at the Academy.

 

 

 

 

 


Q

How long does the recruitment process take?

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Whilst we aim to progress applicants through the process as quickly as possible the entire process varies from applicant to applicant and is dependent on the extent of information to be collected, availability of assessments and the number of applicants going through the process at that time. On average the recruitment process takes approximately 6 months to complete and for successful applicants to be placed into a selection pool. 


Age & Citizenship

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What are the citizenship or residency requirements for joining the Western Australia Police?

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You will need to have Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency.


Q

Is there an upper age limit that could restrict me from becoming a Police Officer?

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There is no maximum age limit to apply to become a Police Officer.


Returning, Interstate & International

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Is there any recognition for prior learning or previous experience?

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You can apply for recognition of prior service if you have already served with other compatible policing jurisdictions. A shortened Academy course and faster progression through Constable ranks (up to the base level of Senior Constable) may be possible. This will be determined by:

  • your length of prior policing service (based on completed months and years) and performance
  • whether this service occurred within the previous 18 months.

You will receive the salary of the higher rank from the date you begin Academy training. However, First Class Constable or Senior Constable Base Rate salary will only apply after you complete the WA Police requirements to attain that rank. Your application for the recognition of prior service must be provided with your initial application to join WA Police.


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How does the testing occur if I'm not from Western Australia or Perth?

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If you’re an applicant from interstate, overseas or from regional WA, you will be tested over a five-day period at the WA Police Academy in Joondalup, Western Australia.

Overseas applicants from the UK and Republic of Ireland may be tested in London if an overseas recruitment campaign is undertaken. All costs involved in attending the testing in Perth or London are your responsibility.


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If I am returning to WA Police, can I retain my previous registered number?

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Yes, you will be re-engaged with the registered number you initially obtained when you joined WA Police.


Q

Can I apply to return to WA Police if I am over 50 years of age, or soon will be?

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Yes, if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.


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My total international police work experience is less than the three-year minimum. Can I still apply?

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No. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires that persons nominated for a permanent residency visa for employment by WA Police must have a minimum of three years of policing experience. This minimum service period will be strictly applied during overseas recruitment drives.


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What prior policing experience does WA Police recognise?

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Policing jurisdictions considered compatible for the purpose of recognising service are:

  • Policing jurisdictions of all Australian States and Territories
  • Australian Federal Police (excluding protective services)
  • Policing jurisdictions of New Zealand
  • Policing jurisdictions of the United Kingdom (excluding British Transport Police and Military/Defence Force Police)
  • Policing jurisdictions of the Republic of Ireland.

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Where can I find more information about migrating to Australia?

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Q

What district will I be posted to when I complete the academy training?

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Districts allocated to transitional schools are South East and South Metropolitan only.  Successful applicants may not be given a preference of the two districts


Medical

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Do I need to supply any medical information?

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Yes, you will be asked to provide medical information during the recruitment process to determine any relevant previous or current medical illnesses or injuries. This will be submitted to the WA Police Occupational Physician, who may seek further information from General Practitioners or other treating specialists. This information will be used to assess your suitability for the job.


Q

What are the vision standards that apply?

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You are required to have a minimum of 6/30 unaided vision in each eye, with corrected vision to be no worse than 6/9 in the poorer eye. Peripheral vision of 70 degrees or greater either side of the meridian horizontally is also required.

If you are outside the 6/30 range, there are conditions regarding the wearing of contact lenses that may apply. You must:

  • be able to wear soft contact lenses
  • supply relevant information including the history of wear duration / tolerance of soft contact lenses over a 12-month period
  • supply a report from a qualified person that outlines your expected future tolerance to wearing soft contact lenses on an ongoing basis.

WA Police do not test for colour blindness.


Assessments

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What assessments am I required to complete?

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How often are assessments held?

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Assessments are held on an on-going basis at the Police Academy in Joondalup, Western Australia.


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What is involved in the physical assessment?

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It assesses the capacity of the applicant to undertake Academy training.

Recruit, Return to WA Police and Interstate/International applicants must complete a:

  • sit-up (assesses your ability to perform other exercises)
  • shuttle run (beep test)
  • agility test
  • push ups
  • hand grip strength test
  • bag lift and carry

Police Auxiliary Officer Custody Support must complete a:

  • sit-up
  • shuttle run
  • agility test 
  • push ups 
  • bag lift and carry

Applicants are encouraged to ensure that they are fit enough to complete the physical evaluation at the time of submitting an application.


Q

Is there accommodation provided while I’m training at the Police Academy?

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No. You must provide your own accommodation.


Q

What training is provided at the Police Academy?

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There is different training for each entry pathway into the WA Police Academy:

  • Recruit - 28-week training course: you will be trained to a standard of excellence in one of the most advanced law enforcement training facilities in the world. The course is physically and mentally demanding and designed to prepare you for life as a Police Officer
  • Return to WA Police - 13-week transitional course: designed to refresh the knowledge and skills you acquired through prior service. The course also covers any recently introduced legislative changes and requires you to re-qualify in all critical skills and first aid. If you have been out of WA Police for less than two years, you may be considered for a ‘direct-to-district’ placement.
  • Transitional and International Officers - 13-week transitional course: Designed to train you in the use of WA Police systems, policies and equipment and to familiarise you with Western Australian legislation.
  • Police Auxiliary Officer (Custody Support), Not currently recruiting -  8-week training course consisting of two main components - a custody module that addresses all aspects of handling people in custody and a module that focuses on station based duties (including the receiving, management and transfer of firearms, property, exhibits and drugs; processing of summons and restraining orders; emergency management support; audit requirements, bail procedures and information security, mental health and cultural diversity).
  • Police Auxiliary Officer (Property Management), Not currently recruiting – Comprehensive on the job training is provided.
  • Cadet, Not currently recruiting - 2-week course at the WA Police Academy: the course will introduce you to police policies, procedures and computer systems, which will equip you to undertake your role as a Cadet in a policing environment.