If you’re a serving UK police officer and dream of living, working and playing amongst Australia’s outstanding cities, spectacular beaches and magnificent countryside – here’s an offer you might not be able to refuse.
As you read this, Western Australia Police Force is actively seeking 750 police officers to from overseas to fill a range of roles over the next five years. As part of the single largest policing jurisdiction in the world, officers who join the force could be deployed in a number of roles – from general duties to specialist units, forensics or detectives.
How are they going about their recruitment campaign?
They’re sending in the big guns. A high level delegation from Western Australia Police Force has been in the UK – scouring major cities in England, Scotland and Ireland with a view to persuading serving officers to move their lives Down Under.
With much unrest among constabularies across the UK – mainly due to understaffing and discontent over pay and conditions – there has already been a high level of interest among those wishing to transfer their skills to locations in Perth and across the vast land mass that makes up Western Australia.
The delegation has been meeting serving UK officers face-to-face, gauging concerns about their current situations, and listening to their aspirations for the future. And they have a lot to offer.
Apart from the obvious – the incredible climate, landscapes, welcoming communities and second-to-none sporting facilities – Western Australia offers the perfect solution for those seeking a higher standard of living.
With a promised starting salary of £47,000, compared to around £34,000 in the UK, the Aussie police are offering a fantastic opportunity to improve the quality of life of all those who make the move.
Many UK officers have already taken the decision to relocate their lives Down Under, and they don’t appear to be regretting it. Just to prove this, Western Australia Police has appointed some such officers to front their campaign, with much success.
They have been waxing lyrical about the lifestyle on offer – and the extra perks thrown in, like free fitness facilities and enhanced career development opportunities.
One such expat – a former Met Police officer – reflected that moving his family 9,000 miles away from London was the best decision he ever made, according to the Express online. The father-of-five now lives in Perth and, although he was keen to point out the work is still demanding and deals with all the usual policing activities – burglaries, domestic violence and robberies – the pros definitely outweigh the cons. He explained that the breathtaking weather and living just 15 minutes from the beach should be more than enough to persuade fellow UK officers to follow suit.
Interested in a life Down Under?
You can find out more, and submit an application, by visiting letsjoinforces.wa.gov.au If successful, an increase in salary won’t be all you receive. Western Australia Police may also offer free housing, fast-tracked Australian citizenship and six weeks paid leave.
Ready to take the plunge?
As leading international removals specialists, our team at John Mason International is well versed in helping people move their lives Down Under. We have many years’ experience overcoming the challenges involved in international relocations – from handling our customers’ treasured belongings, and making sure they arrive in their new location safe and sound, to dealing with visas and work permits that meet the requirements of any given destination country.
But, aside from all this, we have tremendous local knowledge of Australia’s culture and customs. Getting in with the locals and understanding what makes a different country tick can go a long way to making a new place feel like home – and could even help kick-start your new career as a serving police officer in Western Australia. Moving Down Under is an exciting prospect for many Brits but, despite a common language, there are many differences between our two nations. It pays to do your homework and understand the country’s rich history – both good and bad.
Equipping yourself with knowledge about your new home, its history and its culture will go a long way to making your move a successful one and, with years of experience and expertise at our fingertips, we at John Mason International are here to help you do just that.
John Mason International will provide a £50 discount for any UK police officers who are moving across to join the Western Australia Police Force. Just mention WAPOL to us when you get in touch and we will provide you with a discounted quote.
If you’re ready to become one of the 750 expat officers, give us a call on: 0151 4493938. The Western Australian beat is much closer than you think…