Working With Community
Release date: Mon 23 March 2015
Last updated: Fri 1 September 2017
Receipting Proof of Concept (RPOC)
In 2015, Victoria Police trialled a system in selected locations where police and PSOs issued receipts when they spoke to people in some situations.
Receipts were issued when a person was asked to provide their details but no law enforcement outcome - such as the issuing of a fine - was recorded. This meant a community member had a written record of their contact with police or PSOs if they wished to follow up the interaction.
Victoria Police committed to the Receipting Proof of Concept (RPOC) in response to community feedback, which is outlined in the 'Equality is not the same...' report. The RPOC method was developed through extensive consultation with both police and community stakeholders in the receipting locations.
More information on the RPOC can be found in the following report: Equality is not the same- Year Two Report (December 2015) (PDF).
Evaluation of the Receipting Proof of Concept
In 2016 Victoria Police assessed the outcomes and evaluated the impact of the RPOC for community and police. The outcomes of the evaluation reported the following findings:
1. Members found the business card style receipt was practical and did not take much time to provide.
The key findings of the evaluation indicate that when applied in the wider community, the practice of receipting is not necessarily seen as productive or conducive to improved perceptions or experiences of policing.
The findings did however suggest that a modified, tangible record of contact with police was considered a possible positive contribution to an improved policing service. The final evaluation report can be accessed below:
Victoria Police proposes to progress a state-wide rollout of a business contact card.
The details on the business car are yet to be finalised, however, the provision of this card will continue our commitment to accountable and transparent policing, and ensure an element of self-regulation.
Full details regarding this initiative will be released in late 2017.