26 September 2023

SAPOL hits the road to sign up recruits

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South Australia Police, SAPOL, has launched a new van to help recruit community members hoping to become police officers.

According to SAPOL, it is always seeking new innovative ways to attract potential applicants to join the organisation and soon people would see the van travel across the State, promoting police as an employer of choice.

SAPOL said Police Commissioner Grant Stevens approved the acquisition of a mobile recruiting capability to engage with the community across the State directly.

It said the van had outstanding features, including an internal office setup where potential applicants could apply to join SAPOL at the time using the online facilities available.

Additionally, it said the van was concurrent with a new partnership with the Adelaide Footy League (AdFL)

Executive Director of People Culture and Wellbeing at SAPOL Kim-Sherie Summers said the AdFL boasted with about 81 clubs and a reach of nearly 200,000 people each week.

“This exciting new partnership with the AFL offers a substantial opportunity for SAPOL,” Ms Summer’s said “to not only seek potential police recruits but also to promote road safety and other community initiatives reaching a large number of diverse people across our community.”

“People across South Australia will soon see the recruiting van out and about spreading the strong message that SAPOL is a rewarding career, and we are recruiting right now,” she said.

“So if you see the van open for business, please just go up and have a look and you can apply online at the time in the van.”

Chief Executive of AdFL, John Kernahan said he was pleased to assist SAPOL in attracting and recruiting potential applicants.

“Being a team player in SAPOL is like being a team player in any of our footy teams,” Mr Kernahan said.

“We actively encourage the same type of values and fairness as SAPOL,” he said.

The Minister for Police, Joe Szakacs welcomed the new recruitment van and corresponding partnership with AdFL.

“Whether working in a team at work; or in a sporting environment, it builds great rapport across the community,” Mr Szakacs said.

“This is an excellent example of SAPOL and the community actively working together to develop new ideas in how to attract and recruit police officers,” he said.

“Combine this with the launch of the new recruiting van, and it can be seen that everyone across the state is working extremely hard to introduce new and innovative ways to actively encourage people to join SAPOL,” Police Minister Szakacs said.

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