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All I've ever done since dropping out of school, is cook,.. I've been working in kitchens for 10 years now and am a qualified chef.

I have spoken to police recruitment, and they said because I've furthered my education at tafe, it doesnt matter that I havent finished high scool.

So pretty happy with that, So of course I shall continue with my application precess and hope for the best.

But I must ask, anyone on here a police officer, doing the academy, considered the career change etc?

What can I expect from the entry exam? basic? difficult etc?

Then time at the acadamy, on the force?

any advice?

and yes I'm prepared and ready to be hated by 90% of ns.com

 

thanks,

Nathan

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Read their website, research the role you want to take, know everything about it as possible and be as physically fit as required. That's the gist of the army recruitment process, I don't see it being any different.

 

Have you had any past criminal charges - a large amount of speeding fines also counts.

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Good luck mate...

Nobody on here will hate you, if anything the more car loving cops there are, the better. At least you might defect old bombs rather than clean imports. Might even change some of the police culture eventually.

 

Sorry I don't have any actual advice, but yeah just sayin'

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2 years ago i applied for SAPOL and was accepted

but i declined as i didnt want to do general duties for 5 years before being allowed to apply for specialist role/detective

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I would love to become a cop!!! Could u guys picture me as a copper ? I would be awesome !!!!

What if I never finished high school ? I'm a mechanic by trade and a welder is that enough to apply? Also what's the money like?

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I would love to become a cop!!! Could u guys picture me as a copper ? I would be awesome !!!!

What if I never finished high school ? I'm a mechanic by trade and a welder is that enough to apply? Also what's the money like?

 

SAPOL is big bucks, but expect a very very high stress job and inadequate support for anything. Oh and they do everything as cheaply as possible (it is government funded afterall)

 

However it's a good foundation to move into other areas. It also comes down to what you like, do you like helping people -> Police, do you not like helping people -> ADF.

 

Makes sense to me

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Wow,.. quicker replies in this secton than expected.

Have certainly studied the sapol recruitment site over and over.

I'll be going to next months information centre.

I have no criminal record, a few minor speeding fines.

All is coming together for the career change,. $43,000 p.a for the first 9 months at the academy, then goes the 50k for 6 more months, then goes up from there.

yet for the first time in a long time im not intending to change jobs for a higher pay

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You get health and dental benefits too I believe or salary sacrifice, see government job.

 

Don't forget most of that pay is hazard pay... not because they're highly skilled or in charge of a lot of responsibility.

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yes there certainly are a lot more benefits than the pay,..

medical cover is one of them

as well as higher super

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WTF is sapol?

 

 

South Australia Pole oral locators

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SAPOL = South Australia Police, it's an Acronym

Does that mean I have to move to s.a?

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SAPOL = South Australia Police, it's an Acronym

Does that mean I have to move to s.a?

last I heard there was a police force in new south wales :P

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Have been doing some studying and it seems that nt police are that desperate for staff that the pay is higher,.. housing is provided,.. or if you have your own house, a $21,000 allowance per year is paid, they'll let you sit the exam in your own capital city,

easier to get into, and 7 weeks annual leave,.. running the numbers, but a move to the territory might even be worth it.

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I would love to become a cop!!! Could u guys picture me as a copper ? I would be awesome !!!!

What if I never finished high school ? I'm a mechanic by trade and a welder is that enough to apply? Also what's the money like?

 

SAPOL is big bucks, but expect a very very high stress job and inadequate support for anything. Oh and they do everything as cheaply as possible (it is government funded afterall)

 

However it's a good foundation to move into other areas. It also comes down to what you like, do you like helping people -> Police, do you not like helping people -> ADF.

 

Makes sense to me

 

lolsies

 

there paid shit wages for what they do, unless your a high ranking mofo your on just above average hourly rate or salary

 

plus they get treated like shit by public and superiors

 

f**k that for a job

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I could picture myself in cop uniform bitches would drop their panties

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All I've ever done since dropping out of school, is cook,.. I've been working in kitchens for 10 years now and am a qualified chef.

I have spoken to police recruitment, and they said because I've furthered my education at tafe, it doesnt matter that I havent finished high scool.

So pretty happy with that, So of course I shall continue with my application precess and hope for the best.

But I must ask, anyone on here a police officer, doing the academy, considered the career change etc?

What can I expect from the entry exam? basic? difficult etc?

Then time at the acadamy, on the force?

any advice?

and yes I'm prepared and ready to be hated by 90% of ns.com

 

thanks,

Nathan

 

 

I scored full marks on the spelling test, one of only a few that entire year when i applied. LOL. (Sorry for bragging but i was proud of it). 14 of us went in and 4 of us passed to next stage. So it's hard but not really. Lot of geo-spatial pics to guess what's next i.e. given 3 pics of varied shapes and you get a choice of 4 answers and gotta pick which one is next in the series. Same with numbers and words. Like wet is to water like hot is to fire etc. Also have to write a police report as if you were the officer at the crime scene. Mine was an old lady whom had been assaulted. So you get given key word description like black hat, adidas hoodie, jeans and location like street name and the victims name then you gotta write a report that you would present in court. I loved it, allowed me to use my imagination. Only thing I failed was lack of life experience at the time. I've got my sights set on ADF but if they knock me back I'll most likely give SAPOL another go. But make sure you are good with maths and spelling. And MATURE. DRESS WELL. Like shirt without tie and dress pants and shoes. Then for interview later wear full suit! Gotta be prepared to wear a uniform and wearing a suit shows that you can and like to look after your appearance. (An important aspect of SAPOL as they are the face of protection in SA).

 

I could probably help you more so shoot me a PM or ask on here. Also one of my good friends is going through cop training in NSW so I can ask her as it may be similar?

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Talking to my lecturers (who are cops or ex-cops) they said that if you get knocked back from SAPOL join their Security Division for a year or so (it's still good pay) and then reapply.

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my old man was a cop for 35 years, I've considered it a few times.

 

large amounts of stress though, especially a few certain higher ranking officers in SA, Ian parrot being one of them.

 

they expect alot from you, but if you can keep a cool head and deal with getting shit from people inside and outside the force then go for it

 

also life experience counts for a lot when it comes to passing.

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apparently they got a big pay rise recently too. I think its something like 46k in the academy, over 50 when you first graduate and with shift penalties you'll easily make over 60 grand. i've got a mate who joined a fews years ago and loves it

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If you haven't been here yet: http://achievemore.com.au/officer/ then you should re-think about joining up as you should have looked at this already. Should be the very first place you go before you even send in your application. Some helpful bits on there.

 

From bits i've gathered over time from friends currently serving in police force. Prepare to be pepper sprayed. Also prepare to be roughed up as you play the robber/criminal as practice for your recruit mates to arrest you and they make you do it as if you were doing it for real so arm bent right up behind your back and being leaned on by perhaps a 100kg guy. Not to mention wrist all bent up and shit. But you get to do it back to them :thumbsup: .

Gotta be able to shoot both left handed and right handed, so go to Marksmans and practice maybe? 6 on right 6 on left was the basic test. Also practising pulling out from holster and firing 10 rounds rapidly within centre body mass is an aspect but you will be given time to practise.

But also a LOT OF THEORY and BOOKWORK. Be prepared as a Police Officer to spend like 50/50 in office / out 'on the beat'. Sometimes you spend your entire shift in the office filing paperwork! Rotating roster system i.e. days, arvo and night. 6am-2:00 or 2:30pm day, 2:30-10:30/11pm and 10:30pm til 7am. Pretty sure that's what it was. And A LOT OF OVERTIME!!!! Fresh out of graduation and into 60hr weeks was common for my mate Craig. But instead of earning the $54k starting out salary he got like $70k first year LOL! But he loved the O/T so it's not all mandatory. But you will be offered it countless times. And if you have a report to hand in next morning it needs to be done so a lot of working from home to be expected also.

 

What else? Police driver training. At Mallala.

 

Academy timetable:

The table below outlines the timings of your cadet training: (29 weeks in total)

 

Phase Location Training

Phase 1 Based at the Academy

-Learning law and procedures and operational safety training

 

Phase 2 'Outphase' in the metropolitan LSA

-LSA placements (including police stations and cells).

 

Phase 3 Based at the Academy

-Learning about advanced investigation, Criminal Law and includes Operational Safety training.

 

Phase 4 'Outphase' in metropolitan LSA Operations and Traffic Sections

-Patrols including traffic, station and cell duties (including shift work).

 

Phase 5 Based at the Academy

-Consolidation of learning and training and final assessments, preparation for graduation.

 

ONCE graduated and on Probation:

 

Phase 6

Traffic Induction Module (TIM) 6 shifts (after graduation)

-Working under supervision of a Traffic Patrol Field Tutor in a metropolitan LSA.

-Traffic patrol duties including use and knowledge of laser speed detection, random breath testing, traffic control duties and detecting breaches of the Road Traffic Act, including Australian Road Rules.

 

Phase 7

-6 months Working in the metropolitan LSA Operations Section.

-General duties patrol work with a short stint in the station and cells. Working under the direct supervision of a trained and accredited field tutor.

 

Phase 8

-9 months Working in any LSA (country or metropolitan) or Transit Services Branch, Police Academy, in the station or on patrol undertaking duties at the direction of the LSA commander. Probationary Constable Assessment Workshop

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Thanks help and responses,

Of course I've been on their website, thats the first place i started.

I shall definatelly be applying. Have chatted to recruitment department, and they were really helpful and encouraged me to apply.

Really nothing surprising from what I read, I am under the assumption that this will be the hardest thing I've ever done.

I really hope to get in, and will be doing all I can to pass the necessary tests to get in to the academy and then make it as a police officer.

Thanks for all advice, I'll always be willing to take more on, so if you have anything else that might be relevant, I'd love to read it.

Looks like I best be getting myself a suit, really need one anyway. But as a chef I've never needed to wear a real suit to an interview, so theres one handy piece of advice right away.

 

thanks again

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Big W occasionally has okay suits for $200-250

 

Give this place a call and ask if they have anything your size (ex-hire clothes that have been worn once but are really cheap)

 

Other than that get set on doing pushups/situps and jogging everyday.

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I could picture myself in cop uniform bitches would drop their panties

 

think your thinking of a fireman...

 

don't think anybody has respect for the police these days... :S

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sadly the police aren't respected, yet they're the ones everyone runs to when shit hits the fan.

 

and they are also usually the first ones at the scene when p platers decide to spread themselves across the bitumen.

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sadly the police aren't respected, yet they're the ones everyone runs to when shit hits the fan.

 

and they are also usually the first ones at the scene when p platers decide to spread themselves across the bitumen.

 

of course they are not respected... the only thing they look at is stiffing people... whatever happened to cops that know everybody in their neighborhood, that don't wave their badges around think they are top s**t, that actually talk to people and understand the community's concerns and the police officer that helps people, help themselves...

 

seems the only things cops think about these days is which car can I defect, who can I book for speeding, I got beef with this one chap I can't get in gaol so I'll hassle him until he slips up and the I want more pay situation

 

of course your not going to be respected...

 

can't blame them but they are only following orders from wankers... its kind of like any other job, they can't do anything properly because there are too many wankers in between

 

was tempted on joining the cops last year when they started that recruiting drive for 1700 officers... but I did a f**k that guy as I have pretty much almost finished uni

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yeah I agree with most of that, but I live in a small town, the cops in small towns are always relaxed and easy to get along with

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