Police Officer - Highway Patrol

Job Description

Police Officers have a responsibility to protect public life and property. Police officers enforce the law by arresting criminals and detecting and preventing crimes. They undertake extensive on-the-job training and perform a diverse range of duties, including: maintaining public order and safety; being first responder to emergency calls; investigating and prosecuting criminal offences; enforcing traffic law; securing and examining crime scenes; and dealing with violent offenders or people under the influence of drugs and alcohol.


You can specialise in other roles while working for NSW Police, such as working in special commands or as Highway Patrol.  A Highway Patrol Officer can be in charge of a number of duties including planning and managing traffic operations, overseeing major events, consulting with RMS and other emergency services.  They are also responsible for crime scene establishment and management for serious offenders and major incidents.  They facilitate training requirements overseeing performance standards of new recruits.  They establish advanced knowledge of the Australian Road Rules and the new National Australian Heavy Vehicle Legislation.  Direct and re-route traffic at congested areas and deal with major traffic accidents, incidents and emergencies.  They detain and search suspects for drugs, weapons, stolen goods.



All Australian Police Officers must hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency and must also pass an extensive application process including background checks, examinations and a series of health, fitness, and psychological tests.

NSW Police are required to attend Charles Sturt University for a period of six months.




  • Assertive
  • Calm
  • Communicator
  • Ethical
  • Honest
  • Interpersonal
  • Initiative
  • Open-minded
  • Resilient
  • Responsible
  • Secure

Key Skills

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Maturity
  • Respect and Knowledge of Laws
  • Common Sense
  • Civility

Future Prospects

Policies vary from department to department, but a year or two after you've completed your probationary year, you might be eligible to make a lateral move into a specialty post, such as a K-9 unit, a detective or investigator, a training officer, a member of SWAT, or many other specialised positions.

If you're really serious about taking your career as far as you can go, it's a good idea to get exposure to the many different units in your department. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance.

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;