Business Summary
South Australia Police (SAPOL) provides a range of policing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep South Australians safe.
About Us

The South Australian police force (SAPOL) is the oldest centrally controlled police service in Australia and one of the oldest in the world.

It was formed on 28 April 1838 after concerns about felons entering the new settlement from neighbouring colonies.

Since 1838, SAPOL has been at the forefront of many significant changes including:

  • introducing bicycles for metropolitan and country foot police in 1893
  • pioneering the fingerprint system in Australia in 1894
  • appointing the first women police in the British Commonwealth in 1915 - Kate Cocks and Annie Ross
  • being the first Australian police service to introduce videotaping of 'suspect person' interviews in 1987
  • the first Australian policing jurisdiction to appoint a female police officer, Senior Sergeant Jane Kluzek, to a tactical response group (STAR Group in 1999)
  • introducing Operation Nomad in 1993, as a policing initiative to reduce the threat of bushfires, and Crime Stoppers in 1996
  • establishing Neighbourhood Policing Teams in various metropolitan areas, highlighting our strong commitment to policing at a local level
  • the first police jurisdiction in Australia to launch its own web platform connecting mobile phone users to the latest police news in 2011.

Today, modern policing has evolved to focus on community policing, crime prevention, problem-solving and intelligence-led policing to resolve crime, in partnership with the community, rather than just responding to the incidence of crime on its own.

You can find South Australia Police at:

  • 28 metropolitan police stations
  • 110 regional police stations
  • police headquarters at 100 Angas Street, Adelaide.

SAPOL is headed by the Commissioner of Police, who reports directly to the Minister for Police, and comprises 6000 employees including:

  • sworn police officers
  • community constables
  • protective security officers
  • specialists and administrative staff
  • volunteers.
What We Do

We work to protect and reassure individuals and communities across the state through:

  • advocacy
  • education
  • community engagement
  • incident response
  • investigation
  • law enforcement
  • prosecution
  • victim support
Core Services:
  • emergency assistance 000
  • non-urgent assistance 131 444
  • crime prevention
  • child protection
  • coordinating and managing emergency response
  • responding to domestic violence
  • undertaking police checks
  • preventing vehicle crashes
  • regulating road use
  • registration and licensing of firearms
  • administering expiation notices
  • liquor licencing enforcement
  • statewide security
  • upholding the law.
Community Programs:
  • Blue Light
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Neighbourhood Policing Teams
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Band of the SA Police
  • Road Safety Centre