Aboriginal Community Police Officers Make a Difference

Aboriginal Community Police Officer (ACPO)

Your life. Your community. Your career. Want to help people in communities, be a role model and have a rewarding career? Then a career as an ACPO is for you.

Aboriginal Community Police Officers are uniformed sworn police officers who provide communication and liaison with local indigenous communities. They enforce the laws of the Northern Territory and protect and serve the public.

As an Aboriginal Community Police Officer you are a role model and an advocate for cross cultural awareness. You have an opportunity to make a difference and to improve community knowledge about policing services and law and order issues.

There are many opportunities for future development including study and qualifications, service in remote localities and community engagement. Support is offered to members who wish to transition to the Constable role.

How do I apply?

New Online Application Process

NT Police Recruitment wish to advise that we are moving to new online application process. 
Please note that applications for future squads will be received via the NT Government's electronic eRecruit system and paper based applications will no longer be accepted.

Commencement dates for Squads to be recruited in 2019 and 2020 will be updated when dates have been confirmed. 

Applicants who have submitted applications and are waiting on the next stage of the recruitment process, will be advised of the status of their application in the near future.

If you have any questions regarding NT Police Recruitment please contact NT Police Recruitment on 1800 005 099 or email PFESRecruitment@pfes.nt.gov.au

If you are interested in becoming an Aboriginal Community Police Officer, email pfesrecruitment@pfes.nt.gov.au. Please include your full name, address, date of birth, address and why you want to become an Aboriginal Community Police Officer.

More Information
Minimum Requirements

ACPO Applicants must;

  • be of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent
  • at the commencement of training be 18 years of age
  • possess a current provisional or open manual drivers licence
  • have general computing skills
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain a First Aid certificate equivalent to the national "Provide First Aid" standard.  (Also known as Apply First Aid or Senior First Aid) 
  • be of good character (NT Police Integrity Guidelines)
Selection Process

If your initial application is approved the following processes will follow;

  • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences
  • Physical fitness assessment and written assessment (link)
  • Panel Interview
  • Referee Checks
  • Pre-employment medical

(Please note, candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).


The Aboriginal Community Police Officer training course incorporates up to 22 weeks of paid, full-time training in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services  College at the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah.  

The course is demanding and involves Physical Training and learning Legislation, Operational Safety Tactics, Driver Training, Information Systems, Communications and much more.  

After graduation, graduates will be posted to one of the Northern Territory’s various police stations as a sworn ACPO. ACPOs will be subject to a probation period of 12 months from commencement.  

Probationary ACPOs will be required to submit on-the-job evidence in a workplace practicum in order to be confirmed as an ACPO. At the successful completion of all probation requirements participants will be awarded the nationally accredited qualification Certificate III in Aboriginal Community Policing (POL31115) by the Police, Fire and Emergency Services Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 0384).

(Members of the NT Police Force may be required to serve in any geographical location where a police presence is required.)