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WORKING ABROAD / DEC. 27, 2012
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Working for the Police in Austria

Career opportunities with the National Police in Austria are highly sought after. Not only do they offer long-term career development and promotion, but they give individuals a social standing and respect within their communities.

The National Police is responsible for ensuring public ‘order and security’ and preventing crime. Within the National Police Department, there are many different career paths to follow. For example, individuals can become prison guards, in which they take responsibility for guarding detention centers. There are three main areas of policing which individuals can specialize in:

  • Cobra Special Forces

  • Prison Guards

  • Criminal Justice System

Within the above three law enforcement areas, individuals can follow a challenging and rewarding career path.

The government body responsible for Austria’s police units is the General Directorate of Public Security, which is part of the Ministry of the Interior. This governmental organization oversees over 1000 police stations in Austria.

Police Training

Individuals interested in a career with the National Police must be eligible and qualify for entry to the Security Academy, which is part of the Ministry of Interior. The Security Academy gives basic police training and education to candidates who pass the entry level exam.

The entry-level exam is a written test, and upon successful completion, the candidate must pass a medical test and an interview. Once entry is gained to the Academy, candidates commence with their police training which is a 2 year training program. To successful pass the 2 year program, individuals must then pass the final exam to qualify as a police officer.

Police 2-year training program:

  • 1 year theory training

  • 2 months practical training in a police station

  • 7 months at a training center

  • 3 months on the job training at a police station

Cobra Special Forces

Qualified and experience Austrian police officers have the opportunities to apply for a career with Austria’s elite policing unit – the Cobra Special Forces. Entry to Cobra Special Forces training is very strict, with individuals having to pass screening tests for psychological, physical and medical abilities.

The types of duties and tasks a police officer working in this specialist department would face include:

  • Hostage situations

  • Dangerous criminals

  • High risk situations

  • Security escorts

  • Missions abroad

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