The length of training for lateral transfer recruits depends on your contemporary policing and other related experience and skill levels. It may involve several weeks of live-in training at the AFP College in Canberra or focused on-the-job training in the state of deployment.
For International Deployment Group service, mission-specific training is also required.
Federal Police Lateral Programs are specifically designed for people with current policing experience from state or territory jurisdictions. Course content focuses on assisting recruits to adapt their existing knowledge of state legislation to the legislative framework used by the AFP.
Recruits receive instruction in relevant Commonwealth and ACT legislation, local practices, procedures and issues, and local criminal justice partners such as the courts and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
You will learn how the AFP's corporate infrastructure has moved away from a traditional, hierarchical policing model to flexible, multi-skilled and empowered teams operating in an environment of continuous learning and improvement.
You are also required to participate in mandatory physical fitness training, commonly referred to as PT.
An essential element of lateral courses is a skills audit to assess your firearms, officer safety and driving skills. The AFP uses the audit to make the most effective placements.