Specialist roles

As a NSW Police officer, you’ll have the opportunity to join a specialist area that’s the right fit for you.

Specialist commands are exciting avenues you can take in progressing your career within the NSW Police Force. Most Specialist commands will provide on the job training and will require you to complete further physical and or psychometric testing. Below are just some of the specialist roles that may interest you.

Aviation Command

The Aviation Command, also known as Polair, provides operational airborne support to NSW Police Force.

Polair uses helicopter and fixed wing aircraft equipped with thermal imagining equipment, high definition video and PA systems, real time video feeds to ground stations, search lights, rescue winches, and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation systems.

Polair provides a range of services:

  • airborne surveillance
  • search and rescue
  • counter terrorism operations
  • aerial photography
  • high visibility patrolling
  • reconnaissance tasks
  • transport of dignitaries and specialised police
  • investigation of aviation fatalities.

Bicycle Unit

The Bicycle Squad is a highly visible and popular form of intelligence-based policing, focusing on street level offences such as drug related matters, property crime and assaults.

Bicycle patrol officers duties include:

  • high visibility patrolling
  • assisting with major events
  • detection and investigation of street level crime
  • prevention of anti-social behavior.

Dog Unit

The NSW Police Force Dog Unit is part of the State Protection Group and Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command.

The Dog Unit deploys teams of English Springer Spaniels, Labradors and German Shepherds trained in:

  • drug detection
  • general purpose or patrol (including tactical police dogs)
  • firearm and explosive detection
  • cadaver detection.


Detectives are highly skilled and trained investigators with excellent all-round policing skills who complete an accredited university qualification as part of their employment.

Detectives perform the following duties:

  • gathering facts and physical evidence
  • preparing and examining formal reports
  • analyzing intelligence
  • observing the activities of criminal suspects
  • interviewing witnesses, suspects and informants
  • preparing briefs of evidence
  • giving evidence in court.

Forensic Evidence & Technical Services Command (FE&TSC)

The Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command Accelerated Recruitment Program (FE&TSCARP) 2024 is now CLOSED to new expressions of interest. Visit the Accelerated Recruitment Program page for more information.

FE&TSC provide a specialised forensic response to crime and incident scenes. Incorporating the collection and examination of exhibits, with the focus on:

  • crime scene examination
  • fingerprint identification
  • document examination
  • ballistics investigation
  • forensic imaging
  • engineering investigation.

Highway Patrol (HWP)

HWP delivers targeted, high profile traffic enforcement activities to deter and detect inappropriate road user behaviors.

Equipment used and tasks:

  • minimise road trauma
  • promote orderly and safe road use
  • radar and LIDAR speed detection devices
  • automatic number plate recognition technologies
  • in-car video devices
  • mobile data terminals
  • portable breath and drug screening devices
  • radio communications gear.

Marine Area Command (MAC)

The Marine Area Command mission is to pursue excellence in maritime law enforcement and the coordination and control of marine search and rescue.

Marine command's roles include:

  • preventing and reducing marine crimes
  • active patrolling of NSW’s inland and coastal waterways
  • intelligence gathering and conducting operations relating to criminal activities such as drug smuggling or importation
  • policing functions in state of the art vessels on NSW water.

Mounted Police Unit

The unit provides support at public order management events by undertaking crowd control and traffic management. Mounted Police are used for their searching capability to cover rough terrain and have a greater ground scope than foot police

Mounted officers duties performed:

  • public order management events by undertaking crowd control and traffic management
  • high visibility patrols
  • local operations targeting crime
  • searches covering rough terrains.

Police Transport Command (PTC)

The PTC is responsible for reducing criminal and anti-social behavior across the transport network by responding to the most up-to-date intelligence and targeting known trouble spots through covert or highly visible operations.

Roles of PTC officers include:

  • high visibility mobile patrolling
  • covert and undercover operations
  • prevention of anti-social behavior
  • detection and investigation of transport offences
  • responding to transport emergencies
  • assisting major public events.

Police Prosecutions Command

Police Prosecutors are police officers who have received intensive in-house legal and advocacy training within the Police Prosecutions Command. Police Prosecutors appear in the Local Court and Children’s Court across New South Wales, and also in the Coroner’s Court and the Drug Court. Police Prosecutors also appear in Circle Sentencing, Youth Koori Court, and specialist court lists. Legally qualified prosecutors also appear occasionally in the District and Supreme Courts.

Police Prosecutors are involved in the prosecution of over 95 percent of all criminal matters in NSW and appear in the bulk of domestic violence applications.

Police Prosecutions Command has an Accelerated Prosecutor Recruit Program where people with tertiary legal qualifications (including admitted solicitors) join the NSW Police Force, are trained as police officers including a year as a Probationary Constable before being fast tracked into a career in police prosecuting.

Police Prosecutors enjoy some additional benefits including day shift hours Monday to Friday as well as the ability to appear in weekend and public holiday bail courts. Police Prosecutors have their own pay-scale which is higher than their counterparts in general duties and detectives on equivalent ranks.

Public Order Riot Squad (PORS)

The Public Order & Riot Squad (PORS) began operations  ensure the NSW Police Force is ready and equipped to resolve any public order incident or situation.

PORS police are trained and ready to deal with:

  • riots and protests
  • demonstrations and events with large crowds
  • high Visibility Policing (HVP) and large operations
  • searches for persons, property, cannabis plantations and around internationally protected persons.
  • canvassing of crime scenes
  • staffing of correctional institutions during industrial disputes
  • disaster Victim Identification (DVI)
  • first response to Chemical, Biological or Radiological (CBR) incidents.

Rescue & Bomb Disposal Unit (RBDU)

RBDU specialises in:

  • general land and vertical rescue
  • bomb appraisal and disposal
  • search and rescue coordination
  • specialist support services such as access to dangerous and difficult to reach places
  • support to police negotiators by restraining suicidal persons.

State Intelligence Command

Intelligence practitioners

Intelligence is a core component of effective policing and can be used to anticipate threats, predict trends, target criminals, protect victims and keep communities safe. Intelligence practitioners play a vital role in the NSW Police Force, enabling the organisation in proactively responding to the evolving crime landscape. The role of an intelligence practitioner involves:

  • Having knowledge and understanding the intelligence cycle and applying it to issues faced by the NSW Police Force
  • Producing accurate and written intelligence products which inform and support tactical, operational and strategic decision making.
  • Working with police teams, providing intelligence support to operations and investigations.
  • Identifying and analysing crime trends and patterns, including emerging issues and potential threats, to provide decision makers with predictive assessments.
  • Conducting or attending verbal intelligence briefings, presentations and meetings to include decision making and inform stakeholders
  • Undertaking environmental scanning and analysis to provide support during major operations and events.

Intelligence delivery in the NSW Police Force supports tactical, operational, and strategic decision making. Intelligence should identify key issues and opportunities to inform decision makers by adding value to information for greater insight.

Tactical Operations Unit (TOU) and Negotiation Unit

The TOU and Negotiations Unit work together, with the primary objective being the safe resolution of high risk situations, without loss of life, injury to persons or damage to property.

TOU variety of situations include:

  • suicide intervention
  • sieges
  • kidnap and extortion
  • protests
  • counter terrorism incidents.

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