If you have an interest in serving the community, all of the policing roles have aspects that will interest you. There is no one attribute, skill or experience that will guarantee your success as a candidate – instead we are looking for your overall suitability for the role you are applying for.
We measure this through a complex matrix, encompassing intelligence, psychological make-up, general fitness, work history, community involvement, as well as medical and prior offence history.
There are different entry requirements for each role.
Attributes we are seeking include:
- ability to take criticism and direction
- coping and stress-management skills
- demonstrated ability to be a team player
- emotional intelligence/stability
- good communication (verbal and written)
- good decision-making ability
- non-judgemental attitude
- open mindedness
- physical mobility/strength/fitness
- problem-solving skills
Top three attributes for each role
- good communication skills (verbal and written)
- emotional Intelligence
Police Custody Officer
- good communication skills (verbal)
- non-judgmental attitude
Protective Services Officer
- good communication skills (verbal)
Police work is a unique vocation that places demands on individuals that are not apparent in most other jobs. To make sure we get the right people for the job we have a very stringent assessment process which includes an assessment of work history and the way in which our applicants perform in a professional and contemporary employment setting.
Whilst each application is unique, we expect applicants to have shown through their employment history, a willingness to work and the initiative and drive to source consistent employment. The assessment of work history is conducted early in the process as it is a very good predictor of ultimate success. A number of assessments later in the process including the video screening interview, 1:1 psych interview and panel all require the applicants to relate lived experiences to answer the behavioural questions that are posed. If the applicants do not have contemporary experience gained mainly from employment, they are unlikely to succeed, hence our recommendation that applicants are in some form of paid employment during the process. The initial employment assessment is a screening point in the process to ensure that the Recruiting Services Branch utilises its resources on the most competitive applications.
Not holding employment at the specific time of application is not an automatic exclusion if their previous work history satisfies that requirement of work ethic and drive. This certainly applies to applicants who have finished up in one field and are looking for a career change or returning from a break due to parenting responsibilities.
Applying after a period of full-time parenting
If you are returning to work after a period of full-time parenting for more than four years, it is recommended that you secure some part-time customer-facing work experience before applying so that you can provide recent work examples during the recruitment process.
If you have been away been away from the workforce for less than four years, your work experience prior to undertaking parenting responsibilities will be sufficient.
Applying straight after high school
Not every 18-year-old will be ready to apply, but those who make great officers are gathering life experience while they are in high school.
We do not require pre-requisite subject selection, however any subjects that develop communication skills, languages and fitness are very useful.
The following suggestions will help younger applicants develop the life experience we expect to see in our applicants.
- part-time work experience in a customer service environment – provides exposure to people from all walks of life and develops communication, teamwork and conflict resolution skills
- volunteer experience – develops community mindedness and communication skills
- sporting club experience – develops teamwork, communication and leadership skills and a healthy level of fitness which is required for the job
- overseas travel – exposure to other cultures, religions, languages and fosters independence and assertiveness
If you are intending on applying once reaching the age of 18 having attained your high school VCE or VCAL, we strongly recommend that you seek to increase your customer service paid work to full time hours while going through the recruitment process.
Watch the below video which provides helpful hints and tips for the recruitment process and what a career in Victoria Police could look like for you.
Reviewed 24 June 2020