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Life as a police officer

Learn about life as a police officer, including information about uniform and appearance, the code of conduct and drugs and alcohol.

Victoria Police offers a challenging and rewarding career serving the Victorian community. As an employee of Victoria Police, you will be entrusted with considerable authority and responsibility. To ensure all employees use this authority professionally, fairly, with accountability and with the highest level of integrity, you will be subject to legislation and policy requirements that prescribe expected standards of behaviour. It is important that you understand how this will impact on your personal and professional life prior to committing to the application process.

The Victoria Police Act 2013 imposes a duty on all employees to be of good behaviour, not only while on duty, but at all other times. Actions committed during your personal time may affect your ongoing employment and see you face internal discipline or criminal proceedings.

Your conduct, both on and off duty, reflects on yourself and on Victoria Police. This behaviour must be of a high standard and demonstrate the values of Victoria Police. 

Our Organisational Values underpin Victoria Police’s policies, procedures and practices and provide guidance on how employees are to interact with the community and each other.

Code of conduct

You should familiarise yourself with the Victoria Police Code of Conduct Professional and Ethical Standards, and other integrity-related policies to ensure you understand the required standard of behaviour. Download the
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The Code of Conduct will give potential employees an understanding of how to identify situations and associations which may lead to inappropriate perceptions or conflicts of interest.

Testing for drugs and alcohol

During the application process and your period of employment with Victoria Police, you will be tested for drugs and alcohol. You must be completely sober while on duty, or required to be available for duty. You also must be free of illegal drugs at all times, both on and off duty. If you are taking any prescribed medications, you must ensure that these are disclosed in your application's medical report.

Uniform and appearance

Victoria Police employees are required to project an image that is consistent with a professional and disciplined law enforcement agency. Therefore employees’ clothing, grooming and personal accessories must project a favourable image, and must not be extreme or detract from the need to present as employees of a professional and disciplined organisation. All employees must adhere to the Victoria Police Uniform and Appearance Policy.

Applicants may seek an exemption to the Victoria Police Uniform and Appearance Policy for genuine medical, cultural or religious grounds. An application for exemption can be made at the inductions stage of the application process. Further information will be provided to you if you request an exemption at this stage.

Ballot process 

As a Probationary Constable you may be subject to a ballot process. As part of the ballot process, employees of Victoria Police may be directed to transfer to a police station anywhere in Victoria. The ballot process exists to alleviate critical staffing needs at identified regional and metropolitan stations. Most members who undertake regional work early in their career find the experience invaluable and rewarding. The ballot occurs on confirmation to the rank of Constable, at two years 13 weeks service. If selected during the ballot process you will be required to remain at the location for a minimum of a 2-year secondment. If you volunteer to fill a balloted position, you are required to go to the location for 18 months, you will receive priority for your preferred division location upon completion. Therefore, you'll need to be prepared to relocate in the early stages of your career.

Secondary employment

Victoria Police employees must gain approval from the Chief Commissioner to hold a secondary job. Approval will not be granted where the employment conflicts with your role as a Victoria Police employee, for example:

  • Liquor
  • Gaming
  • Racing
  • Transport
  • Firearms
  • Weapons
  • Private security and the sex industry.

Reviewed 26 July 2021

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