Federal Police Development Program

The Federal Police Development Program (FPDP) is a mandatory requirement for both ACT Policing and Aviation entry level recruits.

The FPDP is approximately 24 weeks live-in at the AFP College in Canberra. It combines theory, practical application of knowledge, team projects, individual research, simulations, operational safety training and physical fitness training.

The FPDP Training is competency based and involves regular feedback and assessment. Some evening and weekend work is required. Course modules include:

  • law
  • evidence
  • procedure
  • investigation techniques
  • police powers
  • the intelligence process
  • defensive skills
  • firearms
  • driver training.

At the successful completion of training, graduates may be declared  members of the AFP (thereby having police powers) and deployed to locations within the ACT or around Australia. You are usually notified of your intended deployment at the time of offer of engagement.

On-the-job training follows the FPDP and is generally conducted and requires completion of a workbook over the preceding 12 months.

A person's performance in training and during completion of the workbook is closely monitored. Unsatisfactory performance may result in termination of employment.

More information

Phone: (02) 5127 2555, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Email: AFPRecruitment@afp.gov.au

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