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Supporting your career

At the WA Police Force, we want to help you become the best you can be in your role. We believe if you're given the right tools to keep learning, you'll be better placed to seize more opportunities and advance yourself - both personally and professionally.

As part of the team, you'll have access to our comprehensive training courses, further education and professional development:

  • Up to 5 hours paid study leave per week
  • Attendance at industry related seminars and conferences
  • Interstate senior level development programs
  • Access to prestigious fellowships

The Starting Line

General Duties Constable

All Police Officers start on the frontline undertaking general duties for a minimum of 18 months after graduation. There, you will work closely with First-Class and Senior Constables in patrol and inquiry capacities.

What to expect

As a Police Officer, no two days are the same and you will be required to undertake a range of general duties such as:

  • resolving street disorders
  • intervening family or domestic violence
  • attending critical incidents and emergencies
  • conducting stolen car investigations
  • preparing files for court
  • helping to locate missing people.

Community engagement

The role of a frontline Police Officer goes beyond enforcing the law. You have an important role to play in the community and may be involved in activities such as:

  • visiting schools and interacting with the children
  • talking with and assisting vulnerable members of the community
  • building positive relationships with community groups and members
  • participating in operations at major sporting events.

Your Questions Answered

How can I get into a specific area of the WA Police Force?

After successfully completing the 18-month probationary period, you will be permanently appointed to the rank of Constable and can apply for any advertised vacant Police Officer role. If the position sought is a technical position, appropriate skills or qualifications may be required.

What are the promotional opportunities in the WA Police Force?

There are many ways and opportunities to advance your career. You can progress to First-Class Constable after five years (all studies and assessments for that rank must be completed). You can continue to a Senior Constable role after a further four years, pending completion of studies and assessments for that rank. 

As a First-Class Constable, you may then apply for promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Promotion for the ranks of Sergeant and above is based on a merit system. There are also opportunities to learn new skills and move into technical roles.