Leading Senior Constable Dinesh Nettur
Wed 9 February 2011
Name: Dinesh Nettur
Rank: Leading Senior Constable
What area do you work in?
I am a Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) for the North West Metro Region. There are five MLOs in our Region so we cover different areas but I cover the Melbourne CBD and inner northern and western metropolitan areas.
What does your job involve?
My role involves meeting with various ethnic communities, religious leaders, and various organisations and assisting with educational, sporting and crime prevention programs. We aim to enhance the relationship between police and these communities. We also provide information to police members and recruits on multicultural issues and expectations. Most of the time my job involves attending meetings and setting up programs so I rarely go out on patrol and arrest people.
When did you join Victoria Police?
I joined the police force at the start of 1997 and I have been in the Multicultural area for about eight years now.
Why did you want to become a police member?
I came from a hospitality and customer service background so I was used to working with lots of people. I always wondered what the police force would be like as I had a lot of respect for police and could see that the job was quite varied. Then one day I decided to put my hat in the ring and put in my application. I was successful and made it into the Glen Waverly Police Academy and the rest is history.
What type of training have you done?
After graduating I worked at various stations as a general duties police officer including Collingwood, the Melbourne Custody Centre (Police Jail), Melboune West and South Melbourne. Whilst in the Multicultural Liaison Unit I have attended courses and forums to learn about different communities and how to better perform my role. It is still a very unique role within the police force so we’re always learning.
Do you enjoy being a police member? Why?
I do enjoy being a police officer. It is a very rewarding job because you are directly involved in helping people in need. Some days you need the skills of a social worker and other times you almost need the stamina of a soldier so you never know what lies ahead. I think if you enjoy being outdoors, are able to deal with a variety of people and situations and are determined to protect people's human rights then there is no better job for you.
What is the most exciting thing about your job?
I think the most exciting thing is meeting and helping different people. On occasion you get to meet VIPs and sports stars too. But nothing compares with the satisfaction of getting thanked when you have helped someone with a major issue in their life.
What advice would you give to kids who would like to become police when they grow up?
Never lose sight of your goal if that’s what you want to do. Make sure you keep yourself busy with study, an apprenticeship or work after leaving school and even volunteer with the SES or CFA to give you some experience of life in the emergency services.