Foreword by the Chief Commissioner
The last 20 years have brought significant social, behavioural and technological change and we understand the pace of change is forecast to increase.
New crimes and new ways of committing crimes will need us to adapt our skills, systems and efforts, in an ever-changing, dynamic environment. As society moves and changes, we need to adapt and evolve to respond effectively. We need to listen to the people of Victoria and adjust our services to ensure we meet their expectations.
Our mission is to keep you safe. This strategy outlines how we will deliver this mission.
We will work in purposeful and accountable partnerships with vulnerable groups, local communities, government and non-government organisations, justice, private sector and other law enforcement agencies, in ways aligned to our vision and consistent with our strategy. Connections need to be developed, strengthened, maintained, invested in and measured. We know that building strong partnerships, founded on strong community trust and confidence, will help us innovate and achieve our mission.
We aim to have a safe and well-supported workforce that is cohesive, efficient and engaged, able to adapt to rapidly changing community safety needs and equipped to do their job in an ever-evolving operating environment.
Victoria is a proudly diverse state and how we engage, connect and build trust with our diverse community is critical. We want to really understand what our community needs. We will do this by talking and engaging with our community to inform, raise awareness and improve collaboration and transparency.
It is a key priority to build greater trust and stronger relationships between Aboriginal people and Victoria Police, in line with the commitments we have made through the Yoorrook Justice Commission. We will focus on continuing to build strong community trust, confidence and connection.
As we look ahead to the next five years, our focus on community safety is unwavering. We will focus on delivering exceptional services, inspiring and equipping our people to be their best and working together with our partners to create a safe community.
Our ask of you, as a member of our community, as part of our workforce or as a partner we work with, is to work with us to help us realise this mission.
I am immensely proud of Victoria Police and am continually impressed by the efforts of all our employees. We are clear on our challenges and our opportunities. Keeping you safe is our priority.
Shane Patton APM
Victoria Police acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which we work.
We pay our respects to Elders, past and present, and continue to recognise and embrace the fact that Aboriginal People are connected to the oldest, continuous culture and history.
We recognise the diversity of Aboriginal people living in Victoria.
While the terms Koorie or Koori are commonly used by Aboriginal people of Southeast Australia, we have used the term Aboriginal to include all people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are living in Victoria.
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Reviewed 20 June 2023