LGBTI

    Victoria Police is a proud employer of people of all genders and sexual orientations. We believe representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities in our work force contributes to the creation of mutual trust and allows us to provide a fair and equitable policing service.


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    Victoria Police is a member of Pride in Diversity and has been awarded bronze status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, indicating that we’re actively engaged in LGBTI work place inclusion. Don’t just take our word for it, hear from LGBTI Members across the organisation on JOY 94.9 https://joy.org.au/theglloshow/

    At the Academy

    During training at the Academy you can join the LGBTI Student Network to access support and advice. This program holds frequent meetings and has operational LGBTI Police and Protective Services Officers as guest speakers. The Network also makes recommendations to the Academy Management to work towards continuous improvement of a fully inclusive and supportive training environment.

    For information on the Victoria Police Academy LGBTI Student Support Program DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

    On the Job

    Victoria Police employees, including Police officers, Protective Services Officers, Police Custody Officers and Victorian Public Servants are invited to join VP Pride. This council aims to foster diversity and inclusion within Victoria Police by encouraging employees to engage in a network, share common experiences and information and contribute to policy development which promotes greater inclusion of LGBTI employees. In addition, they aim to improve organisational awareness of LGBTI-specific issues by serving in an advisory capacity to leadership on issues impacting LGBTI employees and their allies.

    Victoria Police has developed a trans and gender diverse (TGD) inclusion policy and practice guidelines to ensure TGD employees are treated with respect in the workplace, and to support those who choose to affirm their gender (transition) while they are a member of Victoria Police.

    During 2018 Victoria Police will release our LGBTI inclusion strategy and action plan.

    Support Your Community

    Victoria Police actively connects to LGBTI communities through important dates including IDAHOBIT, Midsumma Carnival, Pride March, ChillOut Festival, and Wear it Purple day.

    Applicant questions

    If you have questions about LGBTI inclusion throughout the Victoria Police recruitment process, please contact LGBTI-RECRUITMENT-MGR@police.vic.gov.au and we can arrange to put you in contact with one of our GLLOs to learn more about what it’s like to work for Victoria police.

    Testimonial 1

    “I joined Victoria Police as I have a strong desire to help people, particularly those who are in crisis or vulnerable situations, and to support and encourage the diversity in our communities.

    My previous career was in human resources so I have always championed the fair treatment of people, with inclusiveness, and guiding them to the most appropriate outcomes, so it seemed like a good fit to become a Police Officer.

    As a member of the LGBTI community, my perception of Victoria Police’s support toward the LGBTI community was initially negative but I realised this was based on historical events.  I decided to do some research on Victoria Police as an organisation, through their media content, social media, speaking with current LGBTI employees and with friends who are Police Officers around the world. 

    The most prominent theme that kept arising was that Victoria Police have embarked on a significant cultural change programme over the past few years, and which will continue for years to come in order to build a culture that will ensure all employees are treated equally and that people of the community are treated fairly without discrimination.

    I thought, if Victoria Police has made this commitment, I want to be part of the change!

    My experience so far in Victoria Police has been very supportive. So far, I am part of a strong LGBTI network, celebrated Wear It Purple Day, IDAHOBIT and marched in Midsumma Pride.  Alongside this, I have received ongoing support during the Marriage Equality debate, and have had the opportunity to encourage and strengthen our allies in the organisation.

    I am proud to have joined Victoria Police and would highly recommend it as an organisation to join.  One that prides itself on valuing diversity and inclusiveness.” – 2018 Police Recruit, man

     

    Testimonial 2

    “At 27 years old, I was coasting by in a job that I no longer had a passion for, so I decided to apply for Victoria Police; a dream that I have had since I was a child. Whilst I was excited about the prospects of my professional future, I was also scared and filled with apprehension. I had heard stories about how LGBTI members had been treated in the past and was worried. Then I thought about how this may have changed over the years. I mean, it had to have, right? We are in 2018 after all!

     

    “The previous position I held before joining Victoria Police was in an office, a largely corporate environment. I was never “out” at this workplace because I felt like it would hurt my chances of getting promotions above other people, so, I stayed in the closet. I decided that if I got accepted into Victoria Police, it was my opportunity to be exactly who I was and make no apologies for it. That also scared me though, because I had no idea of what the perceptions of the LGBTI community were within the organisation. I knew that a lot of work was being done in this space, but there is always that little voice in the back of your head that fills you with a sense of unrest.

     

    “During Induction Week at the Academy, we had opportunities to tell our stories about our previous experiences and what has led us to a life of policing. As squads this is the period when you’re trying to figure everyone out and asking each other questions – it really is like the first day of High School all over again (in a good way, of course). When asked about partners, I never once hesitated to use the correct pro-nouns and was entirely proud and confident to let my fellow “squaddies” know that I identified as LGBTI. To my delight, no one even batted an eyelid when I told them; everyone was very welcoming and super supportive. To this day I have never once been teased, ridiculed, or made to feel belittled because of my sexual orientation. In fact, the day that marriage equality was recognised in Australia, I had a large majority of my squad mates come up and hug me and congratulate me on the vote. I had only known them for 6 weeks at the time.

     

    After settling in for a couple of weeks, I joined the LGBTI Student Network at the Academy. This Network was set up to provide support for recruits that identify as LGBTI, or have immediate family members that identify as LGBTI. We meet up once a month to discuss any issues we may be having at the Academy. Guest speakers are invited on occasion to speak to us about their experiences on the job and identifying as LGBTI. The service that the Network offers is invaluable as it provides comfort and reassurance that no matter what happens, there is a group of people around that know exactly what you’re going through and the challenges that identifying as LGBTI can throw at you. I am also a student contact for the Network, so I help with spreading the word about the Network’s existence by speaking to the incoming squads during their second week at the Academy, which has always been very well received.

     

    “I am now in week 22 and have completed one stint at a suburban training police station in week 13, and I am currently completing my second training placement in the City. During both of these placements I have never once felt uncomfortable to be who I am and all my colleagues have welcomed me with open arms as part of the “blue” family. At station level there are further groups and support services in place if needed, such as the LGBTI Employee Network, Victoria Police Welfare and Victoria Police Psychology Unit. Once I have graduated I will be looking at becoming an LGBTI Liaison Officer (GLLO) to enable me to have a positive impact in the LGBTI community on a much larger scale.

     

    “To this point, my experience has been nothing short of amazing and I can only encourage anyone that identifies as LGBTI and considering a career with Victoria Police to take the leap. Whilst I can’t promise that your experience will be the same as mine, I can promise you will never be alone in your journey and you will not be disappointed that you took the chance. The opportunities are endless and the sense of satisfaction you feel when assisting the community is second to none. Go ahead, be a force for good!” – 2018 Police Recruit, woman



     
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