Police Officer Pirihimana

Police officers work to prevent and solve crime, keep the peace, and respond to criminal activities and emergencies.

Police officers may do some or all of the following:

  • patrol selected areas on foot or by car
  • help people in a wide range of emergencies
  • investigate crimes, domestic disturbances, serious crashes and sudden deaths
  • interview people and take statements
  • search for and arrest suspected criminals
  • write reports
  • give evidence in court
  • direct traffic 
  • work with schools to provide safety and crime prevention education. 

Physical Requirements

Police officers need to have:

  • excellent fitness and health 
  • good hearing
  • normal colour vision
  • good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for police officers includes:

  • being part of a team such as a sports team
  • working in a security role
  • working with people from a diverse range of communities, ethnicities and backgrounds
  • involvement in community-based activities such as coaching sports, mentoring young people and volunteering.

Personal Qualities

Police officers need to be:

  • good communicators
  • able to relate to a wide range of people and cultures
  • mature and responsible, and able to keep information private
  • good at solving problems and making decisions
  • patient and helpful
  • honest and committed to people's safety
  • disciplined and able to remain calm in emergencies
  • good at written and verbal reporting
  • able to work as part of a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for police officers includes:

  • being part of a team such as a sports team
  • working in a security role
  • working with people from a diverse range of communities, ethnicities and backgrounds
  • involvement in community-based activities such as coaching sports, mentoring young people and volunteering.

Police Officers can earn around $61K-$68K per year per year.

Police officers may progress to leadership positions such as detective or sergeant.

Police officers may join a specialised police unit such as:

  • armed offenders squad
  • child protection team
  • dog handling
  • forensics
  • road policing
  • search and rescue
  • youth aid.
Police Officer

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