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What police officers earn

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As an executive body, the police are responsible for maintaining public order, peace and security. The activities of police officers include traffic services, assistance, information and advisory activities, security services at demonstrations and major events or operations in the event of break-ins or other attacks. In the course of traffic monitoring, they punish violations, record accidents, direct traffic when there is a particularly high volume of traffic and remove obstacles. They accompany state visits and members of government as well as heavy transports.

In agreement with the criminal investigation department, they take part in searches and investigations. After several years of professional experience and special training, there is the possibility of working as a full-time criminal investigator. Depending on their specialization and department, police officers can work in various specialist areas, such as the Autobahn Police, the Alpine Task Force, the Police Dog Service or the Cobra Task Force.

Discreet and fit

The working hours are set by a fixed service bike, on special occasions there may also be 28-hour service. The physically and psychologically extremely strenuous work requires a high level of commitment, physical fitness, good communication skills, good knowledge of human nature, discretion and an honest demeanor. Road work in particular can often be dangerous, as the police never know what exactly to expect in the event of an emergency call. A good police officer is characterized by a defensive and de-escalating character. An impeccable certificate of good repute is mandatory.

Further requirements for taking up the profession are Austrian citizenship, completed military or community service, a driver's license and successful completion of the aptitude test. This mainly tests physical fitness and intellectual abilities.

Training at the police school takes place in ten training centers across Austria and lasts two years. Until 2012, the age limit for applications was 30 years, the height of men had to be 168 cm, for women 163 cm. These barriers have now fallen.

Up to 60,200 euros per year

After several years at a police station, there is the option of advancing to middle management or continuing to complete the "Police Leadership" course at the Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences.

In the area of ​​public safety, stable employment prospects can be expected. The increasing outsourcing of security tasks from the police force and the increased demand for security services have led to an increase in employment in private security and guard services.

After four years of executive service, police officers can be employed. In basic training, police students receive just over 14,800 euros gross in the first year and 16,520 euros in the second year. After a successful service examination, the starting salary jumps to around 45,000 euros gross per year, with allowances even up to 60,200 euros. One training level higher, a so-called batch already receives around 66,000 euros gross annually. The top salaries of senior officers are in the region of 100,000 euros. (Conrad Pramböck, July 24, 2015)

Conrad Pramböck is a consultant and speaker on salary and career issues. He leads the personnel consultancy Pedersen & Partners the Compensation Consulting division.

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