Fast Facts About Victoria Police
Fri 3 December 2010
Fast facts about Victoria Police with Constables Chris and Kitty
- Victoria Police was established on 3 January, 1853.
- William Henry Fancourt Mitchell was the first Chief Commissioner.
- In 1853, Victoria Police consisted of 875 policemen, protecting a population of 168,000.
- Victoria Police today employs around 14,900 staff, including police, public servants, forensic officers, reservists and protective security officers.
- Victoria Police services are available to the community 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week.
- There are more than 328 permanent police stations across Victoria.
- The values of Victoria Police are: integrity, leadership, flexibility, respect, support and professionalism.
- There are over 2300 vehicles in the Victoria Police fleet - these are made up of divisional vans, marked cars, unmarked cars, booze buses, brawler vans and buses.
- Victoria Police has 46 motorbikes, 32 marked road bikes and 14 off-road bikes.
- Simon Overland was the 20th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.
- Hon Kim Wells is the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
- Victoria Police is one of the largest public service employers in Victoria.
- Police conduct more than three million random booze bus tests each year.
- Victoria has four police regions, each headed by a divisional commander.
- Victoria Police serves about 5.4 million people in the state, and polices 160,000 kms of roads, 3 million drivers and 3.5 million registered motor vehicles.
- Victoria Police Dog Squad is currently staffed by 38 specially trained teams - which consist of a handler and their dog.
- The Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables, located in Southbank, were built in 1912 for 14,000 pounds. The Mounted Branch still operate out of these stables.
- 150 policemen and women have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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