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ACT Policing is looking for people who have the qualities to be community policing officers as part of the AFP’s ‘anything but every day’ recruitment campaign which launched on Monday 2 April.
National Manager Human Resources Leanne Close and Chief Police Officer for the ACT Roman Quaedvlieg said that the AFP is putting the challenge out there, looking for people who think they’d make great cops.
“A career in policing is anything but every day. It does have its challenges – physical and mental – so it does take an extraordinary person to work on the frontline. We want to be clear-cut and candid about this so as to attract the right people for the job,” Assistant Commissioner Close said.
Along with women, Indigenous Australians and people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups are a focus for the recruitment.
“We want a workforce that reflects our community. We also want people with life experience and who want to give back to Canberra,” Chief Police Officer Quaedvlieg said.
“The AFP is unique in that it’s the only law enforcement agency in Australia that provides a career within a career — the ability to work locally through ACT Policing, as well as the opportunity to work in national investigations and international law enforcement.”
The new ‘anything but every day’ campaign follows the successful 2010 Think you’d make a great cop? program which attracted around 1500 applicants predominantly from the ACT and NSW, with all successful recruits now working on the frontline in ACT Policing or undertaking their 25-week live-in Federal Police Development Program at the AFP College in Barton.
Approximately 200 of the 250 AFP recruits will be destined for ACT Policing, with applicants having the opportunity to select their initial career path.
“Along with traditional media and advertising we’ve launched a sworn recruitment portal — anythingbuteveryday.org.au — where interested persons can hear from our great cops, our women in policing and our federal agents,” Assistant Commissioner Close said.
If you think you have what it takes, apply now.