Message from Chief Commissioner Shane Patton
In over 40 years of policing, I have never been asked how I would balance my parenting responsibilities with my policing duties. I have never been told I was promoted solely because of my gender. Nor have I ever been made to feel unsafe because of persistent and unwanted attention by my manager.
Throughout my career I have had the benefit of working with many outstanding women in Victoria Police. Since becoming Chief Commissioner, I have been able to reflect on how very different our experiences have been.
While I have long recognised that gender inequality exists in our organisation, I acknowledge that I did not fully appreciate the extent of harm experienced by women in Victoria Police.
I am grateful to the many women who have shared their stories and challenged my understanding of the state of gender inequality in our organisation.
As a member of the Champions of Change Coalition I am acutely aware that gender inequality persists across the private and public sectors. While organisations need to address this issue for the benefit of their employees, for Victoria Police, gender equality is critical to our service to victims of crimes such as family violence.
In December 2020, I was proud to launch , the Victoria Police ten-year gender equality strategy that set the ambitious goal of achieving sustainable gender equality by 2030.
This first gender equality action plan 2022–2024 reflects an organisation-wide collaboration to drive this transformative change. The action plan prioritises building the capability of our leaders to create safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces and to strengthen our response to gendered workplace harm.
This work will shape the way gender equality becomes part of our culture and identity. Being a modern police force means being an employer of choice for women. We must provide a working environment where all our people can thrive at any rank and level and where their career success is not limited by gender.
There is much work to be done.
My executive team and I are committed to achieving material progress towards gender equality for the benefit of all our people and the Victorian community.
Shane Patton APM
Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police
About Equal, Safe and Strong: Victoria Police Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-2024
Equal, Safe and Strong demonstrates our organisational commitment to achieving sustainable gender equality within our workplace, for the benefit of our people and the community.
The Equal, Safe and Strong Gender Equality Action Plan 2022–2024 recognises, outlines and draws on the supportive and specific roles of diverse stakeholders and partners for its implementation.
Victoria Police respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country throughout Victoria.
We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging and continue to recognise and embrace the fact that Aboriginal People are connected to the oldest, continuous history.
Victoria Police proudly acknowledges Victorian Aboriginal people as the first peoples and Traditional Owners, Custodians and caretakers of the land and water on which we rely.
We acknowledge and respect that Aboriginal communities are steeped in traditions and customs built on incredibly disciplined social and cultural obligations. These social and cultural obligations have sustained up to 65,000 years of existence.
We acknowledge the ongoing leadership role of our Aboriginal employees and the Aboriginal community on gender equality. In the spirit of self-determination, Victoria Police acknowledges our First Peoples; Aboriginal Victorians who are best placed to determine a culturally appropriate path to gender equality in their workplaces and communities.
Reviewed 05 September 2022