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Diverse and Unexpected

No two days are ever the same as a Federal Police officer. Whether you are providing Community Policing in the Australian Capital Territory or at one of Australia's nine designated airports, or working in National Investigations, each day brings new challenges and rewards that are part and parcel of being in a team that prides itself on keeping Australia and Australians safe.

It's a great way to start your career, or make a significant career shift, and the AFP is now recruiting for entry-level police officers as part of the Federal Police Development Program.

"This recruitment drive is the beginning of a new era for the AFP," said Dave Turner, who manages the organisation's people strategies.

"We are going through a period of renewal to ensure we are equipped to meet future law enforcement needs. This is because the criminal landscape is constantly changing and evolving, so we also need to change and evolve how we investigate and disrupt criminal activity."

A female police officer holding a black puppy dog
From rescuing puppies to stopping a drug deal, no two days as a police officer are ever the same.

Applicants will need to have completed Year 12, or Year 10 with trade or Certificate IV qualifications, or tertiary education. "We are seeking people who want to serve their community, whose personal values align with the core values of the AFP, and who meet the AFP's medical and psychological standards," Mr Turner said.

In line with the AFP's commitment to diversity and gender equality, applicants with languages other than English, or who have qualifications in areas as diverse as Criminology, National Security, Forensic Science, or Information Technology will be highly considered. More information about recruit training or how to apply can be found on the AFP's Recruitment website.

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Specialist skills in areas like Forensic Science, Criminology and Information Technology are highly regarded.

There is no such thing as a typical AFP career. Becoming a Constable in the ACT can lead to stints as a General Duties 'beat cop,' qualifying as a Detective and working on murder or organised crime investigations, or being part of a team dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse.

As a National Investigator, you could find yourself involved in preventing terrorism, seizing large-scale drug importations, working at an overseas post, or disrupting transnational, complex criminal activities.

As a Community Policing Officer at Australia's international airports, you may work with a range of other agencies during targeted airport terminal operations, and during Counter-Terrorism First Response incidents. Or, perhaps, your career will span all of these areas and more.

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The AFP provides community policing nine designated airports across Australia. It’s just one of many diverse career paths you could take after becoming a Federal Police Officer.

"Because of the diverse nature of the work we do, we are looking for a diverse group of people with a wide range of skills and experience," Mr Turner said.

"As an applicant, you will be considered for a range of roles depending on the organisation's operational needs. Qualifications, previous experience and how well applicants perform during their training are all considered by the AFP when deciding where to place recruits following their graduation. But wherever they go, all our police officers will be exposed to a range of different experiences that provide them with a unique and fulfilling career."

All police recruits are required to undertake 24 weeks of training at the AFP College at Barton, in Canberra. The College has been home to recruit training since the AFP's inception in 1979, and also provides facilities for other training activities as recruits evolve into experienced and dedicated police officers.

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Community policing is a rewarding way to give back to the community and provide help to people who are in need.

Known as the Federal Police Development Program, the training combines theory, team projects, simulations and physical fitness training with a range of course modules designed specifically to teach recruits the obligations and requirements of law enforcement.

Training is provided to ensure graduates understand how to use their police powers, including 'Use of Force' provisions. Recruits are also taught to use firearms safely, and how to drive police vehicles. Recruits are paid a salary during their training, with all meals, housekeeping and linen provided while living at the College.

"We are excited to be embarking on this period of recruitment for the AFP," Mr Turner said. "If you have high levels of motivation; if you believe in the values of integrity, commitment, accountability, fairness, trust and respect; and if you are up for the challenge; then I strongly encourage you to apply for a career with the AFP."

This recruiting intake is the first of a revised model for the AFP. As part of the new program, the AFP will also begin recruiting for Protective Service Officers in coming months.

More information about the application process, the AFP, and ACT Community Policing can be found online, or via the AFP's Facebook page.