Polic­ing op­por­tu­nity ex­plained

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

Gen­eral du­ties

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.

Spe­cial­ist ar­eas

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.

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