The Federal Police Development Program is for both ACT Police and Federal Agent base recruits. The initial program is approximately 25 weeks live-in at the AFP College in Canberra. It combines theory, the practical application of knowledge, team projects, individual research, simulations and mandatory officer safety training, physical fitness training, commonly referred to as PT. The training is competency based and involves regular feedback and assessment. Some evening and weekend work is required. Course modules include:
- investigation techniques
- police powers
- the intelligence process
- defensive skills
- driver training.
At the successful completion of training, graduates are declared to be members of the AFP (thereby having police powers) and may be deployed to locations within the ACT or around Australia. You are usually notified about where you will be deployed before you start training.
On-the-job training follows formal training and is generally conducted over a 12 month probationary period.
A person's performance in training and while on probation is closely monitored. Unsatisfactory performance may result in termination of employment.