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What benefits can I expect if I join the WA Police Force?

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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.

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Can I apply if I have criminal or traffic convictions?

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Yes. However, as the WA Police Force ensures 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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  • Recruit - Applications open. There is no closing date at this stage.
  • Return to the WA Police Force - Applications open. To be eligible to apply, your prior WA Police Force Service must have occurred within the previous 24 months and you must have completed probation. There is no closing date at this stage.
  • 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. 
  • CadetApplications open. There is no closing date at this stage.

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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 and Return to WA Police) will be paid whilst undertaking training at the Police Academy. Click here for further details and information.


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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.


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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
  • 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).


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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.


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

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You must achieve satisfactory performance appraisals as a 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 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 day shifts (8 or 10 hours), 2 afternoon shifts (10 hours) and 2 night shifts (10 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.


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Who can certify my supporting documents?

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


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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.


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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. 


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I still have questions. Where can I seek further advice?

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Please contact the recruitment team direct on 08 9301 9607 or email police.recruiting@police.wa.gov.au

Whilst you may seek advice from family, friends and serving police officers with regard to the job role, please ensure you rely on the current and specific information available on the Step Forward website and the from the recruitment team for accurate information relating to the application and recruitment process.


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What is the Western Australia Police Force's policy on tattoos?

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Tattoo standards are contained within the Western Australia Police Force Commissioner’s Uniform and Appearance Manual - Section 3.9 -Tattoos, Body Art and Modifications, which specifies consideration of tattoos in regard to whether they are in a prohibited location, prohibited form or detract from a professional appearance. Please see an extract of the Manual below, which details requirements in regard to tattoos:

TATTOOS, BODY ART AND MODIFICATIONS 

Tattoos, or body art, are defined as pictures, designs, or markings made on the skin by staining it with an indelible dye, or by any other method, including pictures, designs, or markings only detectible or visible under certain conditions (such as ultraviolet or invisible ink tattoos). Modifications include branding, piercing, cutting, ornamentation, insertion of implants, spacers, coloured or patterned contact lenses or any other decoration that alters an individual’s appearance, either temporarily or permanently.

When choosing a location for body art or modification, members are to consider the maintenance of a professional image.

Body art or modification is prohibited anywhere on the body that:

    • is offensive, discriminatory or inappropriate – using the same principles as would apply for an offensive picture, email or poster in the workplace (such as nudity/sexual, violence/death or suggestive of illegal substances)
    • depicts association with an individual, group or activity that creates a conflict of interest between the member’s professional responsibilities and their private interests (such as gangs, unlawful behaviour, racism)
    • would amount to racial, religious, homophobic or sexual vilification

Where visible body art or modification is not on a prohibited location, or of a prohibited form, but to the extent that it detracts from the professional appearance of the member, it may be treated as a prohibited form.

Hands

Members may have a small amount of body art on their ring finger in lieu of a wedding band. Other small amounts of body art or modification on hands or fingers, such as small letters, religious or other symbols, will be considered on a case by case basis by the relevant approving authority for new and existing members (as detailed below). Body art or modification that covers the full hand(s) of a member is not permitted.

Face, Neck and Head

Body art or modification is prohibited on the throat, neck, face, scalp and ears, unless it can be covered by a collar or hair when worn in accordance with this Manual. Small amounts of visible body art on the neck will be considered on a case by case basis by the relevant approving authority for new and existing members. Body art or modification is not permitted inside the mouth.

 Members are permitted to have:

    • standard cosmetic or medical modifications such as reconstructive surgery or augmentation for cosmetic or medical reasons performed by a medical practitioner
    • tattoos directly related to recognised religious beliefs or practices
    • cosmetic tattoos in natural colours such as eyebrow tattoos.

If, for religious reasons, members are required to obtain body art or modification on otherwise prohibited areas, approval is first to be sought in writing from their District or Divisional Head. If approval is given, it must be recorded on the member’s employee management file.

Recruiting New Members

Maintenance of a professional image will determine whether the body art or modification is accepted.

Applicants to WA Police Force will not be considered for employment if they have any body art or modification that is in a prohibited form or location, and not subject to exemption.

Applicants are required to declare existing or intended body art or modification at the time of applying for employment. All body art and modifications are considered by the Assistant Director Police Promotions, Recruiting and Deployment.

Applicants progressing through the police recruitment process must comply with this policy when considering new body art or modifications and advise the Executive Manager Police Recruiting accordingly. Any applicant found to have non-declared prohibited body art or modifications will be subject to removal from the recruitment process.

The decision to remove any existing body art or modification in order to be considered for employment is the applicant’s choice and undertaken at their own expense. Removal does not guarantee selection.

The standards for entry, relating to tattoos, are continually reviewed, with amendments made to the Western Australia Police Force Commissioner’s Uniform and Appearance Manual as required.  Police Recruiting are unable to provide any advice in relation to proposed modification or removal and how this may impact on future selection.


Age & Citizenship

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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.


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 Force 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.


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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.

The WA Police Force do not test for colour blindness.


Q

Can I apply if I have epilepsy?

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Individuals with epilepsy are to be seizure free for 10 years before they will be considered for employment by the WA Police Force Occupational Physician (exception for benign childhood epilepsy).


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 WA Police Academy located 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 and Return to WA Police 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 and Cadet 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.


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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 - Generally, officers who are eligible to reengage with the WA Police Force and have been out of the agency for less than 2 years, will be placed direct to district if successful in the recruitment process. Officers who have been out of the WA Police Force for more than 2 years will have their training requirements assessed by the WA Police Academy.
  • 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 - 3-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.

                           


Q

Are applicants subject to drug testing?

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Yes. Police Recruiting are committed to ensuring employees of Western Australia Police are drug free and undertake drug screening of applicants seeking to work as a Police Officer or Police Auxiliary Officer in two ways:

a)      A selection of applicants are chosen at random throughout the recruitment process to undertake testing for illicit substances through hair drug screening.

b)      In addition, all applicants that progress to the stage of Final Health Assessment (P58) are tested for illicit substances through urinalysis drug screening.

For further information please download Hair Drug Testing Frequently Asked Questions.