Recurrent expenditure on community policing services across Australia was approximately $10.9 billion (or $448 per person) in 2016–17.
Police agencies employed 72,680 staff in 2016–17 (274 operational and 24 non-operational staff per 100,000 people).
Police services aim to contribute to a safe and secure community that enables people to undertake their lawful pursuits confidently and safely. To achieve these aims, governments seek to provide police services that:
- are accessible, and responsive to community needs, including disaster and emergency management
- support the judicial process to bring to justice those people responsible for committing an offence
- provide safe custodial services
- are delivered with integrity, honesty and fairness
- promote safer behaviour on roads.
Governments aim for police services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.