Policing opportunity explained
Job-hunters exploring a career in emergency services have never had a better opportunity to put their hand up to become a Victorian police officer.
Victoria Police is on its biggest recruiting drive on record and will be at the Western Victorian Careers Expo to encourage regional people to come forward.
Victoria Police project officer David Jones said the force aimed to recruit more than 3000 new police officers, protective service officers and police custody officers by 2021.
“Victoria Police is keen to recruit from regional as well as metropolitan areas and on this occasion we’re targeting western Victoria to find applicants who are already familiar with and integrated into their communities,” he said.
“A catch-cry for the recruitment drive is ‘Be a Force for Good’ and an integral part of the process is a Victoria Police commitment to growing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve – valuing the different attributes, life experiences and skill that each employee brings to our community.
“As an equal-opportunity employer, we value the diversity of age, gender, culture, religion and sexual orientation of our employees.”
Mr Jones said police members would be in attendance to answer questions at the expo and a wealth of information would be available.
Here is Victoria Police’s snapshot explanation of its recruiting drive –
Who we’re looking for
There is no one key attribute, skill or experi- ence that will guarantee your success as a candidate. Instead, we are looking for your overall suitability for the role you are applying for – whether police, protective services officer or police custody officer.
As a police officer, you will be required to undertake a minimum of two to four years of general police duties working at police stations, where you will learn the foundation skills for your career. General duties shifts are eight hours in length and can be day, afternoon or night shifts.
Training at the academy
The academy’s structured training environment requires dedication and commitment.
It is a challenging and motivating experience. You will be paid from day one of your training in the academy.
After completing your two to four years of general duties policing, you are able to apply for specialist roles, which can be competitive.
Your time in general duties, interacting with specialist officers, will provide you with exposure to the broad range of areas and task forces available. We will provide you with all the necessary training for your specialist field of choice.
After completing your general duties, you are able to apply for specialist roles.
If you have a healthy level of fitness, you will find the Victoria Police fitness test is very achievable. You will be expected to maintain your fitness throughout the recruitment process, the academy training and on the job.