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Police Cadet
South Australia Police
Job reference: 482713
Location: - VARIOUS -
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

CALLING ALL HIGH FLYERS, ADVENTURERS, INFLUENCERS …… South Australia Police are now recruiting!

There is no better time than now to consider a career with South Australia Police (SA Police)! We are looking to find people who represent the vastly diverse backgrounds in our community and are seeking a new and challenging career.

At SA Police, we believe everyone has unique skills and abilities. That’s why we’re calling people from all walks of life to come and join the team. So, whether you’re a community ambassador, a true crime buff, or even a fitness fan, turn your passion into a promising career with SA Police where you will contribute to our vision to build and maintain safer communities.

Turn your passion into a promising career with SA Police. As a police officer you have the opportunity to shape the futures of so many, including your own. You will have a great responsibility to keep communities safe while also having opportunities to grow your skills and work in areas that appeal to your interests. 

Your contribution as a police officer will help continue to build on the strong foundations that have seen us remain contemporary and highly regarded. These are exciting times as SA Police develops new initiatives across our people, operations and technology portfolios.

We are now taking applications for Police Officer recruits to join upcoming qualification programs.

About the role

As a Police Officer, no two days will be the same. You will be joining a team that truly makes a difference to safer communities in South Australia. We are seeking recruits with varied life experiences and cultural backgrounds, which reflect the diversity of our community. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Police Officers deal with the unexpected as they face a variety of tasks – from interacting with the community to managing difficult situations. They provide a front line service to the community, detecting and preventing crime, helping to keep South Australia safe for everyone.

 As a South Australia Police Officer your duties can include:

  • performing foot and mobile patrols to prevent and detect crime, maintaining law and order and assisting members of the community as part of a police service
  • undertaking an active role in traffic policing and road safety campaigns
  • developing links and maintaining contacts in the local community, including organisations, groups and individuals, that contribute to intelligence gathering, problem solving and the prevention of crime or anti-social behaviour
  • conducting enquiries in relation to missing persons, the service of summonses, execution of warrants, reported crime, accidents and other official miscellaneous police enquiries
  • providing assistance to and receiving reports from members of the public, including front counter enquiries
  • maintaining and keeping excellent records in journals, court files, log books and other databases as required by SA Police.

To be successful in this role, you will be:

  • a strong communicator who is able to effectively resolve conflict 
  • a confident and decisive problem-solver, able to think on your feet
  • honest and reliable
  • courageous
  • patient, resilient and respectful. 

What you will get from SAPOL

After you successfully complete the recruitment process, which includes medical, physical and psychometric testing, you’ll be paid to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to become a South Australian Police Officer.

As a Police Cadet, you will receive nine months of training at the Police Academy combining academic studies in law, policy and procedure with practical and physical training. After graduating, you will spend a further 18 months as a Probationary Constable. After successfully completing your probation, you will then have the opportunity for further training, with more than 40 professional specialities - including mounted, water or dog operations, major crime investigations – no matter where your interests lie, you will be sure to find a role that is the right fit for you.

Police Cadet salaries are $59,723 or Junior Cadet $39,790 (if you’re under 21 years of age). Probationary Constable salaries start at $69,674 with 21% shift penalties and allowances increasing this up to $84,000 plus superannuation.

You will have access to many benefits and opportunities for personal and professional growth and development, with job security and clear career pathways with generous salaries.

To serve as a South Australian Police Officer, you must be:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • 18 years or older at the time of application 
  • able to meet medical, fitness and psychometric requirements
  • able to complete operational training and be willing to carry and use personal defence equipment, including a firearm.


Junior Police Cadet: $39,790

Police Cadet: $59,723

Probationary Constable $69,674

While training, you will be a Police Cadet, earning $59,723 or Junior Cadet $39,790 (if you’re under 21 years of age) while you learn the skills you need to be a police officer. On graduation, you will be a Probationary Constable earning $69,674 per annum with 21% penalties and allowances increasing this up to $84,000 plus superannuation.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria, recruitment process, training, career development and salaries or to apply now, visit


Applications close: 31/12/2022 5:00 PM

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.