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Roles and duties of police officers

Learn about the diverse roles and duties of a Victoria Police police officer in the community and day to day.

General Duties officers are the foundation of Victoria Police and play an essential function in serving and protecting the Victorian Community.

You will be a first responder at any reportable crime or public need and provide service to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As a General Duties officer, no two days are the same and you will be required to undertake a range of duties including:

  • prevent anti-social behaviour
  • deal with community safety concerns
  • resolve disputes
  • attend accidents
  • investigate crime
  • enforce traffic law
  • deal with drug and alcohol affected people
  • attend critical incidents and emergencies

You are also required to perform administrative duties such as:

  • submit paperwork on jobs you attend
  • keep an on-going diary of the duties you perform during each shift
  • prepare paperwork for courts
  • attend hearings
  • give evidence in court

You may also be required to do community engagement tasks such as:

  • visit schools and interact with the children
  • coffee with a cop
  • attend community events
  • talk to and assist vulnerable members of the community
  • general interaction with the community members of diverse backgrounds; and
  • build positive relationships with community groups and members

All recruits are required to complete a minimum of 2-4 years in General Duties prior to applying for any specialist roles or units.

Key information

While the role of a police officer is challenging, it is also rewarding. As a police officer you will make a difference to the Victorian community every day. 

Reviewed 24 June 2021

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