As a Police Officer

    Victoria Police offers a challenging and rewarding career serving the Victorian community. As an employee of Victoria Police you will be entrusted with considerable authority and responsibility.

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    To ensure all employees use this authority professionally, fairly, with accountability and with the highest level of integrity, you will be subject to legislation and policy requirements that prescribe expected standards of behaviour. It is important that you understand how this will impact on your personal and professional life prior to committing to the application process.

    The Victoria Police Act 2013 imposes a duty on all employees to be of good behaviour, not only while on duty, but at all other times. Actions committed during your personal time may affect your ongoing employment and see you face internal discipline or criminal proceedings.

    Your conduct, both on and off duty, reflects on yourself and on Victoria Police. This behaviour must be of a high standard and demonstrate the values of Victoria Police.  The following Organisational Values underpin Victoria Police’s policies, procedures and practices and provide guidance on how employees are to interact with the community and each other.

    • The health, safety and wellbeing of our people, and ensuring healthy, safe and respectful workplaces, are integral to the success of Victoria Police
    • A strong safety culture, driven by an understanding and acceptance that the responsibility of health, safety and wellbeing rests with all Victoria Police employees
    • Our managers, supervisors and employees will focus on healthy and safe behaviours and practices in the workplace and the community in which they serve.

    • Act with honesty, respecting the right of fair process for all
    • Maintain confidentiality and respect those we deal with
    • Demonstrate moral strength and courage
    • Behave with honour and impartiality.

    • Are approachable and consistent when dealing with colleagues, partners and the community
    • Apply fair process
    • Strongly commit to the values of the organisation
    • Guide, trust, develop and empower colleagues
    • Make timely decisions that are guided by both values and evidence
    • Inspire participation and commitment through a shared vision.

    • Are open minded and adaptive to change
    • Adopt an attitude of continuous improvement
    • Encourage creativity
    • Build partnerships with our community
    • Welcome difference
    • Practice tolerance.

    • Accept diversity with tolerance and understanding
    • Listen with patience, value opinions and provide feedback
    • Are appreciative of and acknowledge the efforts of others
    • Consider our internal and external customers
    • Inspire confidence through ethical and fair treatment of others ensuring that our actions are not unlawfully discriminatory.

    • Recognise and reward service of employees
    • Provide empathy in a timely and genuine manner
    • Promote professional and career development
    • Care for the wellbeing of colleagues

    • Accept responsibility, show commitment and lead by example
    • Achieve and contribute to the professional knowledge pool
    • Are accountable to both our internal and external customers
    • Maintain high personal standards, taking pride in our appearance and conduct
    • Communicate openly, honestly and consistently
    • Are transparent in our delivery and strive for service excellence.

    You should familiarise yourself with the Victoria Police Code of Conduct - Professional & Ethical Standards, and other integrity related polices to ensure you understand the required standard of behaviour. The Code of Conduct will give potential employees an understanding of how to identify situations and associations which may lead to inappropriate perceptions or conflicts of interest.

    A copy of the Code of Conduct can be downloaded here.
    During the application process and your period of employment with Victoria Police, you will be tested for drugs and alcohol. You must be completely sober while on, or required to be available for duty. You also must be free of illegal drugs at all times, both on and off duty. If you are taking any prescribed medications, you must ensure that these are disclosed in your application's medical report.

    As a Police Officer, you must adhere to a uniform and appearance policy, which encompasses maintaining a neat and tidy appearance.  These standards apply for health and safety reasons and because members, particularly in uniform, are contributing to the image of Victoria Police and it's reputation as a professional and disciplined organisation. Hair is to be clean, tidy and neatly trimmed.  Members may seek an exemption to the authorised uniform and appearance standards based on genuine medical, cultural or religious grounds, which will need to be applied for prior to being inducted into the Victoria Police Academy.

    As a Probationary Constable you may be subject to a ballot process just prior to confirmation which is conducted when there are vacant operational general duties positions that have not been filled by nomination.  This occurs prior to confirmation to the rank of Constable. Confirmation generally occurs 2 years after being sworn in as a police officer.

    As part of the ballot process, employees of Victoria Police may be directed to transfer to a police station anywhere in Victoria. The ballot process exists mainly to alleviate critical staffing needs at identified regional stations. It enables Victoria Police to provide comprehensive policing services to the wider country community.   

    Victoria Police employees must gain approval from the Chief Commissioner to hold a secondary job. Approval will not be granted where the employment conflicts with your role as a Victoria Police employee.

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