About Victoria Police

About Victoria Police

Learn about Victoria Police, providing policing services to the Victorian community 24 hours a day, seven days a week and working to keep Victorians safe.

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 2013

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.

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