Message from the Chief Commissioner

Victoria Police History

Mon 6 October 2014

Did you know that Victoria Police has its own museum?

There are lots of really interesting displays at the museum and they even have special tours for school groups - why not speak to your teacher about visiting the museum?

Visit to learn more about what we have on display.

In the meantime, here are some interesting historical events about Victoria Police. 

  • 1853: The first police depot opened in Richmond and included a police hospital and prison.
  • 1859: The first police buildings were on the Russell Street police station site that remained Victoria Police Headquarters until 1977.
  • 1899: The first Victoria Police award for bravery introduced.
  • 1903: The Fingerprint Bureau was established.
  • 1923: Victoria Police was the first police service in the world to install and use wireless communications equipment in police cars.
  • 1924: Women became police members with the same powers of arrest as men.
  • 1939: A police emergency communications centre (D24) established, ending morse code transmission.
  • 1951: Divisional vans were introduced for police patrol duties.
  • 1975: The Air Wing started full-time operations. The first Aboriginal policeman was appointed.
  • 1989: DNA profiling was introduced.
  • 2003: Victoria Police celebrates 150 years in the community.
  • 2010: The .38 Smith and Wesson revolver is replaced with the .40 Calibre semi automatic pistol.
  • 2012: Victoria Police launches the new, dark blue uniform 

For a more detailed history of Victoria Police, check out our 150 year timeline download on the right side of this page.

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