Careers in Policing

Want to make a difference In our community?

Join the NT Police Force to experience the Northern Territory and make a difference in our community. A career with the NT Police Force offers a wide variety of interesting and challenging opportunities with excellent remuneration and conditions.

    For further information contact NT Police Recruitment via email at pfesrecruitment@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

     

    Constable Auxiliary Aboriginal Community Police Officer Accelerated Recruitment Program

    Constables

    Constable

    From Kakadu to Uluru, policing in the Northern Territory is an experience like no other – it demands many skills both physical and mental. Working as a Territory police officer is much more than a job, it’s a rewarding career and lifestyle choice.

    Constable Information BOOKLET

    What is a Constable?

    Constables are sworn police officers who enforce the laws of the Northern Territory (NT) and protect and serve the community. Vast and diverse, the NT offers unique challenges and experiences. NT police officers have the opportunity to be a part of the community and to really make a difference.

    As a NT police officer you must be prepared for the unexpected. We are looking for mature and responsible people, who can think on their feet, who are resourceful and resilient, and who can solve problems while being compassionate. Applicants who have an interest and a willingness to serve in remote areas are encouraged to apply!

    Future opportunities are endless. Once you have gained skills as a uniformed frontline police officer, you are able to study and apply for specialised positions such as Criminal Investigations, Traffic and Major Crash, Intelligence, Crime Scene Examination, Water Police, Mounted Police and Dog Operations.

    The NT Police Force recognises and values different characteristics of all applicants and the ‘ages and stages’ of their lives. We are committed to strengthen our capability through diversity and therefore welcome applications from the entire community. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

    How do I apply?

    NT Police Recruitment wish to advise that we are migrating to a new online application process. Please note that applications for future squads will be received via the NT Government's electronic eRecruit system and paper based applications will no longer be accepted.

    Minimum Requirements

    Constables must:

    • At the commencement of training be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
    • Have either; a Senior Secondary Certificate (Year 12 or equivalent); or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills.
    • Have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
    • Be physically fit and healthy.
    • Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle.
    • Have general computing skills.
    • Have the ability to swim 200m without interruption.
    • Possess or have the ability to obtain qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).
    • Be of good character (Refer to page 23 of the above Information Booklet for Police Integrity Guidelines)
    Selection Process

    If your initial application is approved the below processes will follow:

    • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences.
    • Cognitive assessment.
    • Fit for Purpose Physical Assessment
    • Panel interview.
    • Referee checks.
    • Pre-employment medical.
    • Probity checks.

    (Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

    Training

    The Recruit Constable training course incorporates a minimum of 30 weeks paid, full-time training in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah. 

    The course is demanding and involves physical training and learning legislation, operational safety tactics, driver training, information systems and much more. 

    After graduation, graduates will be posted to one of four regional centres (Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs) as sworn Probationary Constables, filling operational policing roles with all the powers of a police officer.  

    The probation period extends to the second anniversary of commencement with the NT Police Force. Probationary Constables are required to provide on the job evidence in workplace practicums in order to satisfy probation requirements and be confirmed as a Constable in the NT Police Force.

    At the successful completion of all probation requirements participants will be awarded the nationally accredited qualification Diploma of Policing (POL50118) by the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 0384).

    (Members of the NT Police Force may be required to serve in any geographical location where a police presence is required.)

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    Auxiliary

    Auxiliary Police Officer

    Have you ever walked into a police station in the Northern Territory to make an enquiry or report an incident, or ever called Triple 000 for police assistance? If so, it is likely the first person you spoke to was an Auxiliary Police Officer.

    Auxiliary Information Booklet Auxiliary Application Booklet

    What is an Auxiliary Police Officer?

    The Police Auxiliary Scheme was introduced in 1992. The aim was to employ sworn officers for police duties, in support of Frontline Police and to be the main point of contact for members of the public.

    There are four streams of employment, Communications, Watch House and Front Counter Darwin, and Regional Frontline Support. The Frontline Support auxiliaries involves working Front Counter, Watch House or Liquor Inspector duties in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek or Katherine.

    The NT Police Force recognises and values different characteristics of all applicants and the ‘ages and stages’ of their lives. We are committed to strengthen our capability through diversity and therefore welcome applications from the entire community. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

    How do I apply?

    NT Police are currently recruiting for Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors to be posted to Katherine and Alice Springs. Applications may be submitted in person at the Police Recruitment Office, via post or email. Details can be found on page 3 of the Auxiliary Application Pack

    Applications Close: 20 September 2019
    Training Commences: 28 October 2019

    Minimum Requirements

    Auxiliary applicants must:

    • At the commencement of training be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
    • Have Year 10 or equivalent education level; or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills.
    • Have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
    • Be physically fit and healthy.
    • Have general computing skills.
    • Be of good character (Refer to page XX of the Auxiliary Information Booklet for Police Integrity Guidelines)

    In addition applicants for individual streams must meet the following criteria:

    Communications 
    The ability to obtain a Typing Certificate indicating a typing ability of 28 words per minute with 85% accuracy. Online certificates will not be accepted.

    Front Counter 
    Have general computing skills, including the use of Microsoft Word, email, internet and typing.

    Possess or have the ability to obtain qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid). 

    Have an ability to complete the NT Police Fit for Purpose Physical Assessment (as detailed in the Auxiliary Information Booklet).

    Watch House and Frontline Support 
    Have general computing skills, including the use of Microsoft Word, email, internet and typing.

    Possess a current provisional or open driver's licence to drive a manual vehicle.

    Possess or have the ability to obtain qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).

    Have an ability to complete the NT Police Fit for Purpose Physical Assessment (as detailed in the Auxiliary Information Booklet).

    Selection Process

    If your initial application is approved the below processes will follow:

    • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences.
    • Cognitive assessment.
    • Panel interview.
    • Fit for Purpose Physical Assessment for Watch House Darwin and Front Counter Darwin and Regional Frontline Support Auxiliaries.
    • Referee checks.
    • Pre-employment medical.
    • Probity checks.

    (Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

    Training

    The Recruit Auxiliary training course is delivered by staff from the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services College. Recruits are provided the initial induction and instruction into the NT Police Force Auxiliary roles and are paid for the duration of the training, which ranges between a minimum of 7-13 weeks, dependent on the stream applied for.

    After successful completion of the course, Auxiliary Police Officers will be placed in their specific stream in their nominated regional centre (Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs or Tennant Creek) where the remainder of the 12 months probation is served.

    Aboriginal Community Police Officer

    Aboriginal Community Police Officer

    Your life. Your community. Your career. Want to help people in communities, be a role model and have a rewarding career? Then a career as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer (ACPO) is for you.

    ACPO Information Booklet

    What is an Aboriginal Community Police Officer?

    Aboriginal Community Police Officers (ACPO) are uniformed sworn police officers who provide communication and liaison with local indigenous communities. They enforce the laws of the Northern Territory and protect and serve the public.

    As an ACPO you are a role model and an advocate for cross-cultural awareness. You have an opportunity to make a difference and to improve community knowledge about policing services and law and order issues.

    There are many opportunities for future development, including study and qualifications, service in remote localities and community engagement. Support is offered to members who wish to transition to the Constable role.

    The NT Police Force recognises and values different characteristics of all applicants and the ‘ages and stages’ of their lives. We are committed to strengthen our capability through diversity and therefore welcome applications from the entire community. 

    How do I apply?

    NT Police Recruitment wish to advise that we are migrating to a new online application process. Please note that applications for future squads will be received via the NT Government's electronic eRecruit system and paper based applications will no longer be accepted.

    Minimum Requirements

    ACPO Applicants must:

    • Be of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent.
    • At the commencement of training be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
    • Have Year 10 or equivalent education level; or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills.
    • Have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
    • Be physically fit and healthy.
    • Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle.
    • Have general computing skills.
    • Possess or have the ability to obtain qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).
    • Be of good character (Refer to page 19 of the APCO Information Booklet for Police Integrity Guidelines)
    Selection Process

    If your initial application is approved the below processes will follow:

    • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences.
    • Cognitive assessment.
    • Fit for Purpose Physical Assessment
    • Panel interview.
    • Referee checks.
    • Pre-employment medical.
    • Probity checks.

    (Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

    Training

    The ACPO training course incorporates a minimum of 22 weeks paid, full-time training in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah.  

    The course is demanding and involves physical training and learning legislation, operational safety tactics, driver training, information systems, communications and much more.  

    After graduation, graduates will be posted to one of the Northern Territory’s various police stations as a sworn ACPO. ACPOs will be subject to a probation period of 12 months from commencement.  

    Probationary ACPOs will be required to submit on-the-job evidence in a workplace practicum in order to be confirmed as an ACPO. At the successful completion of all probation requirements participants will be awarded the nationally accredited qualification Certificate III in Aboriginal Community Policing (POL31115) by the Police, Fire and Emergency Services Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 0384).

    (Members of the NT Police Force may be required to serve in any geographical location where a police presence is required.)

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    ARP

    Accelerated Recruitment Program

    The Northern Territory Police Force conducts an Accelerated Recruitment Program (ARP) for applicants who have current or recent police experience in Australia or New Zealand.

    ARP Information Booklet

    What is the ARP Program?

    As an experienced police officer the Northern Territory will recognise your previous years of service with attractive remuneration. We are seeking applicants who understand the policing role, but who are enthusiastic about facing the unique challenges that the Northern Territory offers due to its vastness and diversity. You will be required to serve a minimum of 12 months in a frontline General Duties position before being eligible to apply for specialist positions.

    The Northern Territory Police Force offers countless pathways for experienced police officers. On graduation you will be posted to one of the major centres, but will also have the opportunity to serve at remote communities. There are a multitude of training, development and promotional courses available.

    How do I apply?

    NT Police Recruitment wish to advise that we are migrating to a new online application process. Please note that applications for future squads will be received via the NT Government's electronic eRecruit system and paper based applications will no longer be accepted.

    Selection Process

    On completing their application, applicants are required to produce and attach a detailed Police Service Record from previous Police jurisdictions. Once approved the below processes will follow:

    • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences.
    • Cognitive assessment.
    • Panel interview.
    • Referee checks.
    • Pre-employment medical.
    • Probity checks.

    (Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

    Minimum Requirements

    To be eligible for the Northern Territory Police Force as an Experienced Constable or as a Re-appointee (former NT police officers) applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Have completed two years or more as a Police officer within Australia or New Zealand having obtained the Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), or equivalent; if no longer a serving member any break in service will be considered on basis of prior length of service, the duration of the break and nature of employment during that break.
    • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
    • Have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
    • Be physically fit and healthy.
    • Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle.
    • Possess or have the ability to obtain qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).
    • Have a satisfactory police service record and be of good character (Refer to page 23 of the Constable Information Booklet for Police Integrity Guidelines).
    Training

    The Accelerated Recruitment Program is a 13-week paid training course conducted in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah.

    The course covers an introduction to NT legislation and NT Police policy and procedures, information systems, firearms, operational safety tactics training and includes physical training. After successful completion of the training course members will be posted to one of three major centres (Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs) as determined in the offer of employment.

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    FAQs

    More information about recruitment with the Northern Territory Police Force can be found below. If you still haven't found the answer to your question, try the search function up top, email pfesrecruitment@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

    Can I choose the location where I work?

    On graduation trainees will be posted to one of the four major centres; greater Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs. This posting is determined by organisational requirements not by member choice. It is important to understand that the NT Police must provide a policing service to a range of locations in the NT. 

    For this reason, you will be required to accept, as a condition of employment, that the Commissioner may require you to serve at any geographical location in the NT.

    Will a criminal record or traffic offence history exclude me from applying?

    Applicants must make full disclosure in their application including all criminal and civil proceedings, all spent convictions, all traffic offences including traffic tickets and court appearances, all juvenile offences including police cautions, all Domestic Violence Order History and any bankruptcy proceedings.

    If an applicant declares any of these matters their application may be taken before the Integrity Committee. Applicants will be advised and given the opportunity to provide a written response to the Integrity Committee. The Integrity Committee will make a determination about the applicants suitability to proceed in line with the Integrity Guidelines as detailed in the information booklet.

    If an applicant fails to declare or disclose any matters, their application will be taken before the Integrity Committee and it will be assumed that the failure to disclose was deliberate, unless the applicant can prove otherwise. Applicants who fail to disclose are likely to be permanently excluded from applying to the Northern Territory Police Force.

    Does the Northern Territory Police Force sponsor visas?

    The Northern Territory Police Force does not sponsor visas. To be eligible to apply applicants must either be Australian or New Zealand Citizens or have Australian Permanent Residence status.

    What are the age limits?

    Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age on commencement of training. There is no upper age limit however the compulsory retirement age is 65 due to legislative requirements.

    What if I have a medical condition or disability?

    NT Police Force has Medical Standards for Police Recruitment. These standards are designed to ensure that candidates are able to satisfy the high physical, medical and psychological demands of operational policing. Some conditions are disqualifying and others are potentially disqualifying, however each case is assessed individually.

    What if I wear glasses or have colour blindness?

    Corrected vision within certain parameters is acceptable. Colour blindness is assessed on a case by case basis and is not automatically disqualifying.