Matthew

Community Constable

South Australia Police

How did you get to where you are today?

To become a Community Constable, I first had to apply through South Australia Police (SAPOL). The application process involved submitting a written application; completing a series of tests (physical, computing and psychological) before progressing to a panel interview with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Coordinator. I then received a letter of offer.

Becoming a Community Constable involved 17 weeks of training and study at the Police Academy.

What does an average day look like?

An average day for me involves working alongside police officers as a liaison officer between SAPOL and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. My day could range from talking to members of the community, locating missing persons or assisting in investigations.

What do you love about your job?

As a liaison officer I get to work with Aboriginal communities and build relationships with them. I love that I am able to serve and protect members of my local community.

Why do you do what you do?

I chose to become a Community Constable to make a positive impact in my community and help close the gap between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and South Australia Police.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

Working in the public sector has allowed me to pursue a career with South Australia Police.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I chose South Australia because of the lifestyle and opportunities it has given me over the years, and now working in SAPOL is my way of giving back to the community.

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