Community & Social Services

Police Community Liaison Officer

Police community liaison officers work together with the police to foster good relations with, and maintain order in, the local community.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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What does a Police Community Liaison Officer do?

Police community liaison officers work together with the police to foster good relations with, and maintain order in, the local community.

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Work activities

As a police community liaison officer, you would:

  • liaise with culturally-specific communities to foster co-operation and understanding
  • advise police officers on the cultural beliefs, needs and protocols of the community in which they work
  • identify potential crime or disorder problems in the community and advise and assist in prevention strategies
  • establish and maintain communication between the community and police.
  • improve community access to policing services and refer to other services where necessary
  • visit local schools to give talks
  • attend community meetings or forums.
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Key skills and interests

To become a police community liaison officer, you would need:

  • maturity and a responsible attitude
  • resilience and confidence
  • the ability to remain calm in difficult situations
  • good team work skills
  • strong communication skills
  • patience and tolerance
  • a strong understanding of cultural differences
  • honesty, fairness and reliability.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work a standard number of hours per week, usually on a shiftwork basis, including nights, weekends and public holidays. You could also apply to work part-time.

Conditions

You would spend much of your time outdoors on foot, or in a patrol car, in all weathers. You would wear a uniform with a special liaision officer designation..

A driver's licence would be required.

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How to become an Police Community Liaison Officer?

Entry Level Education

Community liaison officers are civilian officers in the police force. You can work as a police community liaison officer without formal qualifications. Your personality and any relevant experience will be important. Entry requirements may vary across states, so check with local forces for exact details. Applicants may be required to pass medical and background checks.

All successful applicants would attend training in their State of residence.

You must be at least 18 and be an Australian citizen or resident to apply.

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Job outlook

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Employment of police officers is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Continued interest for public safety will lead to new openings for community liaison officers; however, jobs may be competitive, depending on location.

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