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The Process

Once you've decided that you'd like to apply and you meet all the essential requirements, you should complete our application form or attend a Pre-Application Information Seminar to find out more about a policing career and the application process. After you send your application, there are a number of steps to the recruitment process. The steps in the process may vary according to individual circumstances. You may be required to undergo a polygraph test as part of this process and a DNA sample will be obtained to assist with integrity checks. It's also essential that we carry out thorough background checks.

Prior to submitting your application you will need to sit the SAPOL RECRUITMENT TEST (TAFE SA). The test covers the minimum requirements for reading, numeracy and literacy and is conducted by TAFE SA. From January 2016, University graduates holding a Bachelor Degree or higher (recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework) are not required to complete the TAFE SA Recruitment Test. Applicants who have achieved an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) of 70 or more within the last three years are not required to complete the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA).

All other applicants must submit evidence of successful completion of the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA) with their application.

The current pass marks for the SAPOL RECRUITMENT TEST for Police Officer are:

Reading: 70%
Writing: 70%
Spelling: 60%
Numeracy: 65%

Please note that eligible re-employees may not need to complete the SAPOL RECRUITMENT TEST and this should be discussed with Recruiting Section. Country and interstate applicants who are unable to complete the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA) due to geographical reasons should also contact Recruiting Section to discuss the testing.

The Steps

(click on each step to find out more about the process)

1. Evaluation and Testing

After an evaluation of your application you may be invited for testing including the completion of an IQ test and personality profile.

2. Panel Interview

After the evaluation of your testing you may be invited to attend a Panel Interview. This is your opportunity to demonstrate the qualities and qualifications such as leadership, decisiveness, problem solving, stress management and integrity that will enable you to build a career as a Police Officer. To help in identifying your qualities, we use the 'behavioural interviewing' method, drawing on examples from your education, workplaces, social interaction, community interests and general life experience.

3. Medical Examination

In order to take part in Academy training and police duties you'll need to meet the required medical standards and will undertake an examination conducted by our Police Medical Section.

Shorts and singlet will be required when attending the Medical Examination.

4. Computer Testing

This test, carried out at Police Headquarters or at the Academy, is to assess your computer competencies(PDF, 98kb). As part of your assessment you will be required to use Microsoft Windows 7. You'll also need to have a typing speed of at least 26 wpm with 96% accuracy.

You can prepare with our Sample Text (DOC, 37kb) and compare your results with our Completed Test (PDF, 78kb). You can also download our Marking Guide (PDF, 57kb).

5. Physical and Agility Testing

Completion of the ‘fit for duty’ test is the minimum fitness level needed to carry out policing duties. To be competitive you will need to complete the test in less than 2 minutes and 40 seconds. On the day you'll need to bring your driver's licence or other identification. This assessment is also the level required for Police Cadets to graduate from the 12-month Constable Development Program. The test is challenging, so it’s best to start a gradual cardiovascular exercise program in preparation. We’re not seeking Olympians, we’re seeking you. Do you already have what it takes? Check out the fit for duty test to see how you measure up!

6. Selection

This is the final stage of recruitment and involves careful review of your file by a Selection Board, who make the final decision regarding an offer of employment.

Successful completion of all tests and assessments does not guarantee selection.