Message from the Chief Commissioner

About Victoria Police

Release date: Thu 16 October 2014

Last updated: Tue 21 June 2016

About Victoria Police

Victoria Police was established in 1853.  It provides policing services to the Victorian community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working to keep over 5.9 million Victorians safe.

Police officers and protective services officers (PSOs) are supported in their roles by public service professionals who work as administrators, managers and specialists in a range of functions such as legal services, accounting, psychology and forensic sciences.

Our workforce will be expanded in 2015-16 through the commencement of the recruitment of 400 police custody officers (PCOs) to take on prisoner management functions and supervise prisoners in police cells. Transitioning the supervision of prisoners to PCOs will increase our capacity to provide effective policing services to the community. We will also be expanding our PSO and transit police workforce further to support the State Government's Night Network.

Effective frontline response service delivery is provided through 54 Police Service Areas (PSAs), split across 21 divisions within four regions - North West Metro, Southern Metro, Eastern and Western. These regional boundaries correspond with those of other Victorian government departments, enhancing cross-department service delivery, particularly in the area of emergency management.

Victoria Police operates under the Victoria Police Act 2013.

Our Mission

At Victoria Police, our mission is to ensure a safe, secure and orderly society by serving the community and the law.

Through the combined efforts of our workforce, we give effect to our mission to ensure a safe, secure and orderly society through:

  • Preserving the peace
  • Protecting life and property
  • Preventing offences
  • Detecting and apprehending offenders
  • Helping those in need of assistance.

Our Values

  • Leadership - be approachable, consistent, committed and inspire others through active leadership across all organisational values.
  • Integrity - act with honesty, respecting the right of fair process for all, maintain confidentiality and respect for those we deal with, demonstrate moral strength and courage, and behave with honour and impartiality.
  • Flexibility - remain open-minded at all times, be adaptive to change, while welcoming difference and practicing tolerance.
  • Support - recognise and reward the service of our colleagues, and promote professional and career development. At all times, we must care for the wellbeing of our colleagues.
  • Respect - embrace the diversity that exists within our community, valuing opinions while appreciating and acknowledging the efforts of others.
  • Professionalism - accept responsibility, be accountable to our customers and ourselves. We must communicate honestly, openly and consistently and continually strive for excellence. 

Our Commitment to Health, Safety and Wellbeing

The health, safety and wellbeing of our people, and ensuring healthy, safe and respectful workplaces, are integral to the achievement of our primary role: to deliver a safer Victoria.  This requires a strong safety culture, driven by an understanding and acceptance that the responsibility of health, safety and wellbeing rests with all Victoria Police employees. This necessitates the commitment of all managers, supervisors and employees to focus on healthy and safe behaviours and practices in the workplace.

Victoria Police's commitment to health, safety and wellbeing will be enhanced through the following priorities:

  • The Zero Harm strategy which strives to ensure every Victoria Police employee is personally committed to the health and safety of themselves, their fellow employees and the community in which they serve.
  • Responding to, and working with, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) in relation to the outcomes of the independent review into sexual harassment including sex discrimination and predatory behaviour by Victoria Police employees. Visit VEORHRC Review Response.
  • The development of an employee mental health strategy that will build our capability in dealing with mental health issues, as well as the development of a framework to address inappropriate workplace behaviour through proactive targeted interventions and support programs. Visit Mental Health Review webpage.


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Victoria Police is searching for the right people looking to make a difference every day of their working lives.

People who want to be part of a dynamic organisation that is dedicated to making Victoria a safer place to work and live.

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