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Western Australia Police are Recruiting (Closing Date: 22/5/13)

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I'm in the process of completing my application, and will be posting it Friday 28/09. Anyone else applying?

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Something I'd think about in a few years possibly!

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If only I was 20-ish years younger :thumbsup:

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I have 18 years too much service has to be between 3-7 years,why don't they want more experienced people?

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You'd have to ask. People have gone from CNC to Australia and Canada in the past

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I have 18 years too much service has to be between 3-7 years,why don't they want more experienced people?

I wondered that, I have too much service as well. Australia doesn't really interest me tbh, but why the not wanting longer serving officers?.

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Spotted this on another forum.......

"but have stated the service limit is likely to be 3 - 7 years again. They have apparantly had problems in the past with officers of more service going over and not wanting to go back to uniform and have created a fuss that they are specialist officers etc etc. They are ONLY interested in attracting young in service officers it seems. The officer i spoke to out there said the service limit wont be flexible - If its set at 7 years then thats it ......"

http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/jobs-careers/160314-western-australia-uk-police-recruitment-sept-2012-update.html

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You apparently reach your prime,at 7 years in the Police.

So I can see why they are doing this.

I wouldn't want to start again, in a new country, with different laws, at my ancient age.

It is after all, their train set, and they can set the rules.

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The reason for the 3-7 year bracket is that the government doesn't want to have to pay for experienced officers.

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I,ve put an application in, the way the job is going in UK could be a good move.

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Having served for 36 years in Western Australia (plus 2 years in Lancashire Police before that) I can tell you that although the weather is better and the money is pretty good, we are subjected to the same problems UK Police have, maybe not on such a broader scale but we are getting there. I could not wait to retire because of the way our police service (was a 'force' then a 'department' now a 'service') has gone down hill. Our powers of arrest have been seriously curtailed where once if we went to an out of control party anyone who played up was arrested, now we have to issue them with a move on notice. Consequently where we would lock up 15 -20 offenders for disorderly conduct, 15 -20 move on orders are now issued and at theses incidents inavariably police cars get damaged, and officers are assaulted.

It may not be as bad as UK is but where do you think our bosses get their ideas from, it's only a matter of time before it feels like you are back in the rat race.

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........ And Tom Winsor is brought in to help with reforms

Oh dear... The grass always looks greener folks just be wary and seriously think about it but if its what you want I think go for it, 100% and hope it meets all your expectations

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Has anyone else got through to assessments for WA? Had mine last week, still waiting to hear back from them...

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I have been on holiday in Sydney and spoke with some Police. As most know there is a better than good chance of being sent to extremely remote stations in Western Australia but that many earned large salaries. It is crazy expensive here. A loaf of bread is $5!!!! but salaries do match cost of living the locals said. I didn't see Western Australia though. Sydney and Melbourne are beautiful and there is such a great quality of life here

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I have been on holiday in Sydney and spoke with some Police. As most know there is a better than good chance of being sent to extremely remote stations in Western Australia but that many earned large salaries. It is crazy expensive here. A loaf of bread is $5!!!! but salaries do match cost of living the locals said. I didn't see Western Australia though. Sydney and Melbourne are beautiful and there is such a great quality of life here

There are a few things you need to know, first off yes Sydney and Melbourne are beutiful as is Perth but you will not be in the city very long before you can expect a transfer to a country area and thats a whole new ball game. Also transfers are generally not negotiable, yopu go where they send you. Married guys will have cheaper housing provided but keep in mind it is one hell of a culture shock especially to the wives and kids when you are sent to a country station where you may be one of four or five officers. There are no supermarkets in those sort of places, no hospitals, no cinemas, usually a general store, couple of pubs unless you win a"dry" Aboriginal Community station, no swimming pool (and no sand and surf) and many miles from any regional centre.

Don't want to put you off but there has been a lot of UK officers have been greatly disappointed. However if you are up for a challenge and prepared to tough it out for a few years it can be a great place. Just want to warn you.

By the way you may or may not have heard of one of our officers who was serving in the country mainly Aboriginal population, was recently bitten by a mosquitoe and was paralysed. He had to go to the USA for specialist treatment (at his own expense until the Police Union embarrassed the State Government to help him and his partner with financial assistance). He has just returned to WA, needs assistance to walk and look after himself and still is unable to speak fluently.

Please don't think I'm putting the mockers on anyone wanting to come over, it is a good life, the money is pretty good, but this is a big country and it is'nt all sand and surf. The city and bigger regional centres have everything you could want (except Kalgoorlie where you are miles from the sea - probably about 4 hours driving @ 110kmh) but you could end up in some remote station.

I survived and still live here so it can't be that bad. My biggest beef is the distance we are away from decent holiday places, Perth is closer to Singapore than we are to Sydney and Melbourne.

I am more than happy to let you know any details re cost of living etc or best stations to serve.

regards

Stu

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Just been on another forum and reading abouit job cuts, salary and pension cuts. At least that won't happen here, not in the forseeable future anyway. When we have to cut police spendind and that does occur, it's either closing and selling metropolitan stations, cutting overtime, buying cheaper cars etc.

The only way you can lose your job is if you screw up badly, commit a criminal offence or are medically unfit. If you are boarded out medically unfit you are entitled to access your superannuation (the Govt has to put up 9% of your salary into the State Government Superannuation Board and every officer is encouraged to take out more superannuation when they join) and you are also entitled to disability pension from the Federal Government.

So you will have job security and if it all turns to the proverbial, you will be looked after. We also have a very strong Police Union who will provide you with legal representation and assist with any health claims. We have very generous sick leave entitlements, 6 weeks a year annual leave and the best is the 3 months long service leave. When I joined, long service leave came due every seven years but I think it is now 10, 7 and 7 recurring.

So it's not all bad :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

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Australia has a lot if great opportunities and my feeling as a single guy would be to give it a shot so long as you have the door open to return to a UK force. I'm lucky in that I have family out here. Next year I'll put in for it if it comes out again.

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Stu,

I have a few questions which i hope you will be able to answer or at least provide an insight. Can you inbox me. For some reasons i am unable to message you.

Thanks

Lee

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I lived in oz for a year..not as a cop..but in a rural area Brokenhill. I spoke to cops there and they loved it but it is more than likely that UK recruits will be posted to very remote areas BUT it isn't forever..in Scottish policing you have to go where your told and that's that so it's the same in Oz but you can always transfer after a few years..happy revels to those who take the leap!:-)

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One of my colleagues has been successful for this WA intake...jealous doesn't quite cover it, lol!

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I don't think I could move to Australia I know so many people that went and came back saying it's not as good as it's made out to be.

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Same with a colleague of mine, but now it's the visa application process - seems to take ages.

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