Join us as a national police officer
Our recruits learn to outsmart serious crime. They're trustworthy, respectful, accountable and fair. We're looking for people who:
- want to make a difference
- have high levels of personal integrity
- want a challenging and highly rewarding career
- are fit, healthy and resilient
- are looking for a diverse, inclusive, supportive workplace.
As a police officer in national policing with the AFP, you can work in one of our 2 main national policing areas:
- Investigative police officers investigate and prevent crimes against Australia. These crimes often extend across state, territory and national borders.
- Airport police officers provide protective security at Australian airports. They also support a range of AFP operations.
National policing work is different to being an ACT Policing officer.
ACT Policing is the community policing arm of the AFP. Its officers respond to incidents in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) community and deal with crimes, including robbery, drug offences and homicide. Find out more about ACT Policing.
What you'll do
As a police officer in national policing, you'll investigate and prevent crime to keep Australia, and Australian interests overseas, safe.
Your day-to-day work will be challenging and rewarding, including:
- working on complex investigations, often with international partners
- using information and evidence to determine the appropriate law-enforcement response
- interviewing witnesses and suspects
- collecting, preparing and presenting evidence to the courts
- working across teams, alongside people in the many different roles in the AFP
- collaborating with other police forces, at home and abroad.
And you'll do it all within one of the most innovative police forces in the world. You'll be based in our Canberra headquarters or one of our offices around Australia. You may also have a chance to work in one of the 33 countries where we operate.
To learn more about life in the AFP, and get to know our people, read our people's stories.