ACT Policing

ACT Policing has more than 800 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.

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 & organised crime
  • sexual assault
  • fraud
  • rural patrol
  • traffic operations
  • intelligence
  • crash investigations
  • emergency/disaster management.

For information on the recruitment visit the careers page on the AFP website.

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.

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.

Visit the AFP website for more frequently asked questions on entry level police recruit roles.

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.

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