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.