JSB284 Lecture Four Notes
Police Education and Training
Recruitment and Initial Training
In-Service Education, Development and Training
This week’s guest lecturer is Inspector Jason Saunders – Manager of Professional Development Unit,
Education and Training Command.
30 years police experience, 18 years as a detective.
Also holds accounting degree and Master of Business Administration.
Other roles have included: commissioner’s staff, CHOGM planning, CEPS fellow.
Highly values education and training.
Some Brief Facts about Queensland Police
The QPS provides core policing service to Queensland 24 hours a day.
o Serves approximately 4.4 million Queensland residents.
o Serves approximately 18 million tourists a year.
o Serves across a land mass of 1.7 million square kilometres.
The QPS currently employs around 15 000 staff – 11 000 of which are sworn in.
QPS has an annual budget of almost 2 billion.
There has been a recent renewal process – a restructure. This has seen Queensland go from around eight
regions of policing to five. There is centralisation around South-East Queensland.
Recruit Training Program
Involves a 25 week long pre-service training program.
There are three phases of training plus a skills phase.
There are 96 recruits (four squads) each six weeks.
Age range from 18 – 50 years old.
Study Phases – RTU
Phase 1 – Core Skills and Values
Phase 2 – Guided Practice
Phase 3 – Developed Practice
Operational Skills Unit
Firearms Training Section
Road Policing Section (Driver Training)
Policing Skills Section
Field Training Unit
Upon graduation from the police academy, First Year Constables are posted to police stations around Queensland
and are considered on probation for the first 12 months. They undertake an eight week mentor phase and are
placed with an experienced police officer. For the remained of the 12 months they are under general supervision of
other police officers. Following these 12 months they are confirmed and posted to police stations around
Queensland as Senior Constable. Other Jurisdictions
NSW – entry requirement for police force is a year or two of university degree in justice/policing followed by
12 -15 week training course.
Victoria – shorter course than Queensland to join police force. Police are sworn in as constables at very
beginning of course.
Hong Kong – more military-based, two levels of entry (either constable or