Queensland Police Service
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I joined the police service for a challenge. It was a shock to the system and you can burnout quickly. You have to be ready to see dead bodies and particularly dead babies. You rely on you fellow officers to help and lead when things go pair shape. You have to be tough and assertive. You need to fit and healthy. You need to listen to superior officers and not shop around to find the answer were you want. you need to be strong, tough and ready to go to any type of job. There is a lot of paperwork to do and sometimes you will need to come in early or stay late after a shift. a typical day at work can go fast if you are busy or slow if there is nothing going one. it is good when it is quiet. Never disobey what a senior tells you. You need to be neat and tidy, up to the day to day law changes.
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After a downturn in cattle prices and drought I decided to apply for the Queensland Police Force, later the Queensland Police Service. Every day a different day .....lots of help and encouragement and solid learning and with the finest dedicated people in Queensland. Some tough days but lots of satisfying days and great community satisfaction. Lots of interesting internal pathways ....over 400 different fields after initial training and 2 years of front line street basics.
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Good money, good learning, good recreational leave periods awarded.
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Shift work, seeing things no person should ever see.
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From the application to the job it required a lot of thinking and planning, required being very organised and professional the entire time. Very diverse work, many avenues to pursue. Knowledge of your role and responsibilities were key and excellent communication.
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Work life balance
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Shift work can sometimes interfere with family commitments
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Very stressful, at times, a real eye-opener working with such a vast difference of people out there! Great team environment and great place to learn about yourself and others
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Fantastic and exciting job and I would highly recommend the role to any member if the public. Every day is different and there are numerous opportunities to progress
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Working for the Queensland Police Service was one of my best jobs. It was interesting and so many relieving opportunities. I worked there for 5 years and only left due to redundancy.
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Very Interesting
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The QPS provides an active career which exposes you to multiple different things and provides beneficial life skills which can be adopted across multiple different careers.
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In this position I was able to work in a variety of locations and able to work within different cultures of our community, while also working in a professional manner.
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Due to being an older female there is a severe lack of opportunities, there is still a culture of male dominance from many years. After being sent to the country there were very few opportunities to follow a career path I was wishing to follow.
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Every day is different in the QPS. You have many opportunities to change location and variety in your work place in the QPS. . It is a rewarding career.
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The QPS is very poorly managed and lengthy paperwork and mismanagement can make working there a drag. The shift work can be a real killer on the work/life balance. The job is secure and the pay satisfactory after being there 5 years.
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secure job
Cons
shift work and negativity at every level
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Zero work/life balance - No room for advancement unless someone dies, mgt do not address concerns or complaints for admin officers job culture is a joke
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shift work obviously makes it hard to have social life, the pay can be good after a while, depends what region you work in as to how the management is,
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The friends and colleagues in the job make everyday exciting and working on different levels and different varieties of equipment everyday
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Everyday was different and exciting. There were challenges and alot of team work and team building which is effective in some instances. My sergeants were by far the best thing about my work environment and having that trust and respect from and for them makes for a completely different working environment.
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Fantastic supervisors
Cons
work / family balance
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For an Organisation that has to have high integrity standards it is very concerning to see the Organisations direction after 25 years with the service. Police should not be able to investigate police due to possible cover-ups. This should be left to the CCC. Until this is sorted out I would not recommend this job to anyone.
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Secure job
Cons
No work life balance. Stress from multiple sources internal and external
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Fantastic place and environment to work, friendly and community driven. Small station very stress free and friendly environment.
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Productive and challenging work environment. All jobs attended are different and provide individual challenges that require quick and accurate thinking. Never boring to say the least. Very rewarding career.
Pros
challenging, never boring
Cons
long hours, shift work
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You're just a number. Your career, family and personal aspirations mean nothing to upper management.
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There is no such thing as a typical day. Each day is full on, time critical and can be extremely stressful depending on the job at hand. Some jobs are life and death and can be very over whelming. The hardest part of the job is the inconsistency of management decisions, and dealing with every life and death situations. The enjoyable part of the day is when people actually acknowledge the hard work done by the staff and our police.
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Great police officers that we work with.
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Long hours, Extremely stressful and life decisions made on the spot
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I enjoyed my time with QPS and the variety of work. I was able to learn a variety of skills which included large volume rosters and staff training as well as staff supervision.
Pros
Work life balance and variety
Cons
difficulty of advancement to next level
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