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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.

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 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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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/Trainee, 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.


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As a Police Auxiliary Officer - Cadet/Trainee, 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 Police Auxiliary Officer - Cadet/Trainee?

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You must achieve satisfactory performance appraisals as a Police Auxiliary Officer - Cadet/Trainee, 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.


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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.