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Safety on the Job

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Safety on the Job

Police work is exciting. It’s filled with action and adrenaline. We’ll also help you stay safe, so you can do your duty in the community with confidence. It’s our responsibility to do all we can to make sure you’ll come to no harm. Here’s how:


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You’re trained to stay safe

At Police College you'll carry out extensive safety training to prepare you for difficult situations you may encounter as a Police Officer. You’ll know how to defuse potentially dangerous situations using your communication skills. You'll learn how to use the latest equipment including protective vests, pepper spray, tasers and firearms.


You get ongoing on-the-job support

You'll work as a probationary officer for your first two years after graduating from Police College. During this time you'll be paired with experienced officers who will support you, and build your confidence and knowledge about how to look after yourself.


You’ll have high-quality personal protective equipment

You'll be issued with the latest protective clothing and equipment to help keep you safe while you’re working.


We’ll make sure you’re up to it

During your first two years, you'll be carefully assessed through our workplace assessment programme to ensure you're ready to work on your own.


Proven safety procedures

Following and sticking to proven Police safety policies and procedures, you’ll significantly reduce your chances of coming to any harm at work.


Stay fit, stay sharp

You'll be encouraged to stay physically fit and healthy. This is a great way to help reduce risk of injury.


Look after yourself–and each other

Your Police training will show you how to protect yourself and others from harm. Remember, your colleagues will always look out for you, just as you'll be looking out for them.


Force is only used as a last resort

Most of the time it’s never actually used:

  • Just 1 in 1,000 incidents involves the use of pepper spray.
  • Only 1 in 3,000 involves a taser.
  • In 80% of cases involving possible taser use, communication and simply showing the taser will safely de-escalate the situation.