All Police Officers start their career with 31 weeks of training at the Victoria Police Academy.
Training at the Victoria Police Academy is comprehensive and physically and academically challenging. Academy training hours are usually 7:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday, but these hours may be varied to include some afternoon shifts. Specifically, weeks 16, 18, 20 and 25 will be afternoon shifts, starting at 1:20pm and finishing at 8:40pm—Monday to Thursday inclusive. For these afternoon shifts, recruits who have carer responsibilities may need to secure additional support as required.
Your days at the Academy will be divided between lectures, physical training and learning the operational skills necessary to carry out your duties.You may need to undertake additional study in the evenings and maintain your fitness outside of class times.
Your initial training for the first 2 years of your employment with Victoria Police is as follows:
Week 1 – 12
Training at the Victoria Police Academy in law, communication skills, drill and operational safety training (including firearms training).
Sworn in at the end of week 12.
Week 13 – 31
Training continues at the Victoria Police Academy in addition to performing duties at a police station and on the MY City initiative.
Your duties will be expanded over time as you gain knowledge, skills and experience.
Week 32 – 52
Deployed to a Designated Training Workplace (police station), including deployments to Road Policing Drug and Alcohol Section (PRDAS) and custody management (working at Victoria Police sites that contain cells).
Week 53 – 104
Confirmation of Appointment and deployment to training station as a General Duties Officer with further On Job Tasks (OJTs) to complete.
At the end of this period, if you have completed all of the requirements for the Diploma of Policing, you are confirmed in your role as a Police Constable and receive your Diploma.
This initial training is just the beginning. As a Victoria Police member you will continue to undergo job-specific training throughout your career.
Upon appointment to Victoria Police, you may be deployed to any location within the state as determined by operational needs.
Applicants who have approval to live-in at the Academy during their training will have access to computers, extensive physical training facilities and an environment conducive to study. Recruits residing within the Academy during their training period will be required to pay a fee which is currently set at $462 per fortnight and includes meals and accommodation.
From 1 January 2017, the introduction of a new Academy Smoking Policing will see all areas of the Victoria Police Academy smoke-free for employees, except for two designated smoking points.
This applied to all employees, visitors and contractors while on the Academy premises.
Smoking will only be permitted during designated breaks at the nominated smoking points.
The Academy aims to be totally smoke free from 1 January 2018.