Your job as a Protective Service Officer

The AFP has Protective Service Officers stationed in every Australian State and Territory except Tasmania. By accepting an offer of employment as a PSO, you accept your initial placement within a geographic location will be determined by the Commissioner in response to operational requirements. The ACT and NSW have multiple stations that you may be assigned to.

Upon graduation from a Protective Service Officer Program you will be sworn in at a graduation ceremony by the AFP Commissioner. You then begin your career in the AFP as a Protective Service Officer.

You will be assigned to a Station, report for duty and complete a Station induction. While the Protective Service role is the same wherever you may be assigned, each Station has a unique operating environment.

You will be placed into a team which reports to a Sergeant or Senior Protective Service Officer who will guide and mentor you while you complete your probation.

Every Uniformed Protection Station works a shift work (rostered operations) pattern which will see your team rotating between 12 hour day and night shifts with generous periods of rostered days off duty. It can take a while to adjust to shift work, however most officers who undertake shift work report that they greatly value the flexibility and work life balance it allows them that a 9-5 job can’t.

At the commencement of your shift you will report in uniform with all your allocated equipment for a team briefing by your Sergeant.

You will receive information about threats, protest actions, VIP visits, security operations and any other pertinent information you will need to perform your duties.

Whether you’re assigned to a Defence site, an Official Establishment, a Diplomatic Protection Unit or Parliament House you will conduct assigned patrols and static posts to deter, detect and respond to criminal activity occurring at your Station. You will take action to prevent or stop the commission or continuation of offences in accordance with your training and powers as a Protective Service Officer.

You will build and maintain relationships with stakeholders at your station to maximize your effectiveness as part of the front line in the prevention of terrorism in Australia.

At your station you will have access to the AFP facilities to submit reports resulting from your shift; this information contributes to the AFPs vision of policing for a safer Australia.

You may also be called upon to deploy to operations interstate or internationally in support of whole of government responses to world events. Protective Service Officers have previously deployed to CHOGM, G20, APEC, Christmas Island, East Timor, Solomon Islands and the Ukraine.

National Security Hotline

Read the AFP Annual Report 2019-20

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

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