See yourself in the uniform and achieve more

Why Join Us?

There are many reasons to join SAPOL as a Protective Security Officer. Some of them are tangible, such as being paid throughout your training; others are to do with the rewarding experiences you will encounter as a result of your respected role within South Australia. There is an opportunity to progress your career as a Protective Security Officer and develop your skills and abilities to enhance a future application as a police officer if you wish to pursue this career path.


The Police Security Services Branch (PSSB) will train and develop you as a Protective Security Officer in an advanced and specialised learning environment. You will receive training in operational safety, aspects of the law and communication during your nine-week course.

Team support

As a Protective Security Officer you will be connected to a supportive and helpful team, who will always look after you. Along with your friendly colleagues, you'll have all the resources you could need at your disposal, including the backup of the police and other government services.

Employment conditions

You will generally work a 38-hour week but may be required to work reasonable overtime. As well as entitlement to annual, personal and long service leave, you have the option of joining our Police Leave Bank Fund and Police Health Fund.

Pay rates

These are the salary scales for Protective Security Officers (effective from 1/10/16):

Rank Increment range Annual salary
PSO 1-3 $45,549
PSO First Class 1-3 $50,815
PSO Supervisor 1-3 $59,181

You’ll also receive shift allowances in addition to your normal salary.

Some of the other benefits include:

  • excellent working conditions
  • being part of a professional and progressive organisation
  • gaining experience in reading situations and people
  • learning skills for dealing confidently with aggression and conflict
  • state-of the-art security equipment and technology.

For more information on the benefits of being a Protective Security Officer, please download our PSO Recruiting Brochure (PDF, 906kb).