MATURITY ON THE BEAT
TEN per cent growth in police numbers, or about 5000 new jobs, is forecast by the Employment Department in the next five years.
The average salary is $70,000 but can range between $41,000 and $90,000 depending on the role and hours.
Life experience is a key requirement for police forces, which encourage applications from experienced workers. It is such an important criteria that school-leaver applicants must have work-related experience outside of school.
Police officers need to deal with unexpected situations and with a wide variety of people in their day-to-day tasks, so maturity is an asset.
Workers also are paid during their training.