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Difficult but enjoyable

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The job is stressful at times but for the most part lots of fun. Training takes forever and you are treated as an outsider in the beginning but once the other employees are comfortable with you they're like a second family to banter with while you work together. Good support system from employees on the same rank but more senior management is hit or miss. Some managers are awesome, others make you wonder who is in charge of appointing people to leadership positions. The work definitely makes you feel like you're making a difference -- helping police in the field catch dirt bags and save lives. Pay is reasonable especially if you're able to do overtime. You get a decent amount of days off too. Downsides are the hours: 12 hour shifts take a toll on you after a while. You also come to learn how annoying the general public can be with their incessant complaints about one another. There's a small bit of tension between different centres: each one has their own way of doing things and thinks the others are stupid. Makes for an interesting work place all together. No day is the same.
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High level, rewarding work

Great place to make an impact on crime in the greater community. Plenty of resources and support. There is no ceiling on how much you can achieve. You get out of it what you put into it. I wish I hadn't of left. The only drawback is poor pay compared to other professional intelligence analysts.
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Great place to work for some people

Great place to work however, you are heavily criticised for every mistakes you make and actions always have to be justified, and a lot of paper work. Job has gotten harder since people don't like police.
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Sinking Ship

Understaffed, expected to mop up the mess of every other agency, lost focus on primary function. Loaded promotions system, no ones mate, no job. Look elsewhere.
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Gives you PTSD, not worth the money

What is the best part of working at the company?The Job security it offers, that’s itWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Trying to get transfers and secondmentsWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Toxic. Boys club culture. Not what you know it’s who you blowWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Depends on the job you’re in to answer this
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What people like
  • General feeling of work happiness
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Sense of belonging
Areas for improvement
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Supportive environment
  • Trust in colleagues

Would not recommend

No staff, horrible management, would not advise anyone to ever join. If you like being treated poorly by both management and the public for minimal pay then this may be the job for you
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Very satisfying to help NSWP and the community

What is the best part of working at the company?I always felt valued and appreciated.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Tight deadlines have to be adhered to.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Very friendly working environment What is a typical day like for you at the company?For me, it was correspondence related. So I always ensured I kept an eye on all incoming mail to ensure deadlines were met.
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Run like a military organisation.

Management have no regard for employees well-being. High stress environment with no support at all. No matter how many years you give to the organisation you get nothing when you leave.




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No support from management! Don't apply!!!

Would not recommend joining to anyone! The only positive is the friendships made as they become your family. Were to start with negatives...When you become a "nuisance" and "vocal" for standing up for yourself and what's wrong, you become a problem and are quickly shunned by senior management. There are still old, crusty dinosaurs (putting it nicely) that are set in their ways with how they handle their staff. It's all about who you know, not what you know hence why progressing is extremely difficult. Be prepared to be trampled on and felt like you are just a number. You will be exposed to horrific, highly stressful incidents that stay with you every day for the rest of your life.Before considering a job in this organization, go and talk to your local police. If I could go back, I would not have joined. 15 years of service in General Duties.
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Commited to customer service

Have high attention to detail and customer focused. Pay and hlolidays are good. However the job is tiring if you have been in for several years and there is no exit strategy.
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Poor Senior Management

Senior Management are very unsuportive. For the most part the work is enjoyable and having the opportunity to help people is great. Senior management will throw people under the bus whenever it suits them. Staff are very poorly looked after and it is reflective in the attrition rate.
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Work life balance

Good place to work for. Minimal career advancement. Manu different specialist areas to work at though. Some great people to work with. Management and leadership is quite poor in many areas.
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Full time team members very friendly, however casual employees seem to always be searching

I felt that the whole company was running on casual employees, the system the Firearms was using was very very antiquated and to be very honest was very very suprised that a government agency used it at all ( it was virtually a large excel spreadsheet) requiring mainly cheques for payment. The large amount of staff was made up of casual employees indicating that the employees really had no interest is upgrading the system and employee satisfactory outcomes
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Fast paced, stressful, heartbreaking/rewarding

It is very fast paced, highly stressful, can be heartbreaking at times and rewarding at others. It involved taking 000 calls and working on radio giving out jobs to the police on the road. It takes good 6 mths in the classroom and another 6 on the floor before you are fully qualified. They start with about 30 in the class and at the end only the best make it through.


Good pay, good benefits


Highly stressful
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Don't join

Was a police officer for 17 years and I have to say to anyone thinking about joining don't. They don't look after you and when your injured you have to fight the insurer and the department. PTSD is Riffe as well as depression and toxicity in the workplace. When you leave you have no transferable skills and you won't find a job. I had a recruiter tell me that we don't have jobs for ex police, as no one wants them. Get a trade or University qualification and get a good long career where you won't get injured and unemployed at the end.


That I left


Terrible job and department
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Job security -Poor culture

I did 2 years. My first six months was terrible, being the only new probationary officer. I was in the spotlight. Instead of support and training I was constantly made to feel like I should already know it all and was essentially labelled as useless. Once 5 more probationary constables joined I excelled and began to enjoy the job. They essentially started to target one of the new ones.


Job security - Good pay


Bad culture, average and rushed training - no peer support
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Worst experience ever

Never been so humiliated in my life. Worse decision ever. Waste of time and money. I wouldn’t recommend the policeforce to anybody I know. Hated everyday I worked.


Time off


Working with people who u can’t trust
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A worthwhile Career

Enjoyed my time with the NSW Police Force. Friendly people with those whom want to make their community a safer place. Everyone is willing to push those around to get the best results from you can vice versa.


Friendly Co-workers, Great Staff Support, Many Opportunities for career growth


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Nepotistic and very stressful

I worked for the NSW Police at their HQ in Sydney for 6.5 years between 1986 and 1993, nepotism was rife and they employed a manager with no experience in IT who developed a dislike of me, in turn, this guy employed a trainee whom I had to train, I also was training others some of which were uni grads and mathematicians, eventually, I was made redundant and classed as “excess staff”, banished to dusting library shelves, etc. on the grounds that I made a “programming error” consisting little more than a cosmetic error – a comma in the wrong place. The new trainee was given my job. The PSA helped me to claim redundancy pay amounting to $22,000, the director of the department was sacked – I don't know what happened to the manager, but I do have a bone to pick...PS – at the time I had more than 30 years experience.
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Fun and Professional place to work

My typical day at work with the NSW police force was fast paced, fun and at times stressful but that did not stop myself from wanting to come to work each and every day. It was a very enjoyable experience.
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The police has a long ingraded culture

Culture in any orgranisation is important, ethics and supporting each other important. I ook back at the discipline and hard working officers but today 2019 I see a lazy police force
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Based on 108 reviews

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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.8 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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