This message is taken from the Foreword in the Victoria Police Corporate Plan 2015-18
I am pleased to introduce the Victoria Police Corporate Plan 2015-18 - Year 1.
Victoria Police is well positioned to respond to challenges now and in the future. We are committed to the vision of a safer Victoria, transformation over the next decade and meeting the expectations of the community, government and stakeholders.
This plan complements the Victoria Police Blue Paper: A Vision for Victoria Police in 2025 launched last year. Over the next three years we will continue to improve our service delivery model by implementing our Police Custody Officer Project that will deploy 400 public servants to police cells to release police officers to frontline duties.
Community safety will be improved through our continued focus on reducing the prevalence of ice in the community through the Ice Action Plan. We will also provide protective service officers and police to support Homesafe, the 24-hour public transport trial in 2016.
An important focus over the next three years will also be the ongoing development of strong links with stakeholders. We will continue our Equality is Not the Same strategy which has already achieved results in this area.
Responding to, and working with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in relation to the outcomes of the independent review into sexual harassment and sex discrimination will be a key priority over the coming years.
We will build on the foundations of the Safety First campaign through the Zero Harm strategy which was introduced on the 1st of July 2015; striving to ensure that every Victoria Police employee is personally responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves, their colleagues and the community.
We need to ensure our police have the right equipment to do their job and will focus on modernising our technology and information management systems. We will be trialling a Policing Information Process and Practice (PIPP) Access Now proof of concept as well as developing a secure communications network through the Rural Mobile Radio Project.
Our focus this year will be:
- Evaluating family violence team arrangements to establish best practice structures and functions and measure their effectiveness and efficiency, including responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
- Building capacity and capability to address national security threats, including active collection of intelligence and engagement with the community and our partner agencies.
- Implementing and embedding the Victim-Centric Service Delivery Strategic Approach, which seeks to enhance our capability in preventing crime and victimisation.
- Continuing to focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, developing an employee mental health strategy.
- Reviewing our existing IT application suite to ensure operational sustainability.
We have come a long way in reforming our great organisation in a very short time. But there is more work to do if Victoria Police is to remain dynamic and relevant to the Victorian community. We must continue the reform process to ensure all Victorians are kept safe and secure in the years and decades to come.
Graham Ashton AM
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