Women In Policing


The NSW Police Force (NSWPF) is looking for enthusiastic, professional and dedicated women to join us in making NSW a safer, crime-free community for everyone.  On a national level, the NSW Police force has the highest representation of women within its ranks.  

  • You should consider a policing career if you:-
  • Want to help people and the community
  • Want to make a difference
  • Are ready to take on challenges
  • Want a variety of work in a dynamic work environment
  • Are fit and active

Female police officers have been serving the NSW community for the last 100 years, bringing a wide variety of skills, work experiences, qualifications and cultural understanding to the NSWPF.

Female police officers are encouraged to think about moving roles they may not have considered before, such as in specialist units like Tactical Operations, Marine, Dog Unit, Rescue & Bomb Disposal, Electronic evidence and many  more. So don't limit yourself – widen your horizons and find out about the great opportunities that are available. 


Whilst policing is a 24-hour, seven day-a-week service, maintaining a healthy balance between your career and personal life is important, not only for those with carer responsibilities, but also for your policing career generally.   

The NSWPF offers a arrange of flexible working arrangements for females including Family and Community Service Leave, Personal Carer's Leave, parental Leave, support for breastfeeding mothers, and leave without pay.  The NSWPF also offers part-time employment dependant on operational needs.


All NSW police officers must undertake general duties in a Police Area Command (PAC) for at least the first three (3) years of their employment.

After three years, you then have the opportunity to apply to a wide range of Specialist sections including Detectives, Youth Liaison Officers, School Liaison Police, Dog Squad, Mounted Police, Forensics and Crash Investigations, just to name a few.


The Spokeswomen's Program is designed to help women with their career needs.  Network members are located across the organisation and acan provide assistance with:

  • Improved access to information relevant to women and work
  • Opportunities to raise issues and have input into how they are addressed
  • Participation in Spokeswomen's events and activities

The Spokeswomen's Network is also instrumental in recognising women's achievements.  It acknowledges those individual police officers who have helped contribute to elevating the status of women in the organisation.

If you have any further questions, you can speak with a Female Police Recruitment Officer on 1800 222 122.

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