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About Victoria Police

Victoria Police was established in 1853 and 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.

In 2015-16, our workforce expanded with the recruitment and deployment of 214 of a total 400 police custody officers (PCOs). Continuing the transition of the management and supervision of prisoners from police to PCOs in 2016-17 will further increase our capacity to provide effective policing services to the community.

Victoria Police provides policing services to the Victorian community across 54 Police Service Areas (PSAs), within 21 divisions and 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.

Our services

Our services include:

  • responding to calls for assistance in matters of personal and public safety, emergencies and serious incidents
  • preventing crime through a range of proactive community safety programs
  • detecting and investigating offences, and bringing to justice those responsible for committing them
  • supporting the judicial process to achieve efficient and effective court case management, providing safe custody for alleged offenders, supporting victims and ensuring fair and equitable treatment of victims and offenders
  • promoting safe road-user behaviour

Victoria Police operates under the Victoria Police Act 2013External Link

Our mission

Our mission is to keep everyone safe. Victoria Police's role is to serve the Victorian community and uphold the law so as to promote a safe, secure, and orderly society.

Victoria Police achieves this by:

Our values

The organisational values underpin Victoria Police’s policies, procedures and practices and how employees interact with the community and each other.

  • Everyone is treated fairly and with dignity, and feels valued and included.

    What does this look like in Victoria Police?

    • Treating each other and every community member with respect and understanding
    • Celebrating and valuing equity, diversity and inclusion
    • Valuing the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as first nations people, and their rich history and culture, along with the diverse backgrounds of other community members
  • Being people-focused, confident but still humble and committed to living our values.

    What does this look like in Victoria Police?

    • Being trustworthy, approachable and treating everyone with compassion
    • Making decisions that reflect our values and build community trust and confidence
    • Being inclusive, progressive and prepared to acknowledge and learn from mistakes
  • Being accountable, transparent and committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct.

    What does this look like in Victoria Police?

    • Behaving in a manner that reflects positively on ourselves and our organization
    • Being open, consistent, and valuing collaboration and teamwork
    • Providing services that are engaging, accessible and equitable
  • Having empathy and being genuinely committed to responding to the needs and wellbeing of others.

    What does this look like in Victoria Police?

    • Being committed to understanding and considering the experiences and needs of others
    • Reaching out to those in need, encouraging them and being prepared to offer help
    • Being committed to connecting people in need with high-quality care and services
  • Acting with honour, being fair and respectful of both the law and human rights.

    What does this look like in Victoria Police?

    • Being honest, objective and impartial
    • Respecting and championing human rights and being committed to lawful and fair processes
    • Placing the community good before our own interests
  • Safety is at the heart of our purpose, it is fundamental to, and underpins, everything we do.

    What does this look like in Victoria Police?

    • Being committed to a safe, secure and orderly society
    • Being committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace
    • Safety is always front of mind and underpins every decision we make
  • Providing a service that is agile and evolves with the community's needs.

    What does this look like in Victoria Police?

    • Being open-minded, creative and adaptable
    • Being innovative and committed to continually improving
    • Being connected to and working with the community

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 VEOHRC 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.

Careers with Victoria Police

Right now, Victoria Police is looking for the very best people to join our team.

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.

If this sounds like you, visit Police Careers.

Victoria Police regions

Victoria Police regions

Reviewed 09 June 2023


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