Is justice your middle name? Are law and order your best friends? Police Courses can be used as a pathway to forge your career into the police force. Police Courses have been designed for students to develop the knowledge and skills of law enforcement personnel. Generally, they also delve into current policing activities from a diverse range of policing fields and jurisdictions. Police Courses also develop students’ problem solving and independent reflecting skills, through their study of policing policy and practice.
What do police graduates do?
Police course graduates can work in a variety of roles in the security and law enforcement sectors. If you choose to pursue employment as a police officer after graduating, you can expect to work to maintain public order and safety by patrolling areas, investigating accidents and complaints, examining crime scenes, prosecuting offences, obtaining and managing evidence, testing and directing drivers in traffic, and managing and filing reports. You’ll also be expected to work as a public face of the police force, attending community meetings and speaking with the public as a member of the police force.
If you choose to work in the risk, intelligence or counter-terrorism sectors, you’ll likely work in an analytical role. You may perform tasks like conducting research, interpreting data, cataloguing and analysing surveillance information, and contributing to publications and policy documents.
You’ll enjoy working in policing and security if you:
- Have excellent problem-solving skills
- Have a strong analytical mind
- Have good communication and interpersonal skills
- Have an excellent eye for details
- Can make sound decisions and exercise judgement
- Have excellent time management skills
- Are organised
- Are a critical thinker
- Can keep calm in stressful situations
- Want to work to serve people
Job Outlook predicts the police industry will expand over the next decade. Currently employing approximately 58,000 people over Australia, the profession is already considered large, and will expand to hire approximately 8,000 more people by 2020. Job opportunities are expected to grow strongly and will likely be available all over Australia.
According to PayScale, a police course graduate working as a police officer can expect to earn between $49,000 and $100,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $70,000 per year. PayScale notes a positive relationship between experience and earning capacity, with people who have 10 years’ experience earning up to $10,000 more per year with less than five years’ experience. If you progress to working as a sergeant, you can expect to earn between $64,000 and $120,000 per year, depending on your experience.
Completing a police course will also qualify you to work in a range of management and advisory roles in the security sector. As an intelligence analyst, you can expect to earn on average $73,000 per year, and as a security manager you can expect to earn on average approximately $79,000 per year.
- Police Federation of Australia
- Australian Security Industry Association Limited
Each state also has its own police union:
- Australian Federal Police Association
- Northern Territory Police Association
- WA Police Union
- Police Association of South Australia
- Queensland Police Union
- Police Association of NSW
- The Police Association Victoria
- Police Association of Tasmania