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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?

To apply you must submit an ACPO Application with required documentation, to find out more download the ACPO Information booklet, or phone Police Recruitment on: 1800 005 099

Applications open NOW

Assessment centre: TBC

College commencement: TBC

Great Pay: Post training $52,356 + 20% consolidated allowance + 5% GD's allowance, 7 weeks annual leave, housing allowance and remote incentives.
Applicants who have an interest and a willingness to serve in remote areas are encouraged to apply!

If you are interested in becoming an Aboriginal Community Police Officer, email

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 ACPO training course is approximately 17 weeks of paid training and is conducted in Darwin at the NTPFES College at the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah. The course is demanding and involves learning legislation, operational safety tactics, driver training, information systems, communications and much more.

There is a probation period of twelve months and members work towards the nationally recognised qualification of Certificate II, III and IV of Public Safety (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Policing).

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