Victoria Police - Police Officers
 
As a Police Officer


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 that all employees use this authority professionally, fairly, accountably 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 imposes a duty on all employees, not only while on duty but at all other times, to be of good behaviour. Actions committed during your personal time may affect your ongoing employment and subject you to 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 reflect the values of Victoria Police.  

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

During the application process and your period of employment with Victoria Police, you will be tested for drugs and alcohol. You must be free from alcohol while on, 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 it is your duty to ensure that these are disclosed on your medical report in your application.

As a police officer of Victoria Police you will be required to adhere to a uniform and appearance policy which encompasses maintaining a neat and tidy appearance.  These standards apply for health and safety reasons and because members, particularly in uniform, are contributing to Victoria Police's image and reputation as a professional and disciplined organisation.  Hair is to be clean, tidy and neatly trimmed.  Members may seek an exemption to the authorised uniform and appearance standards based on genuine medical, cultural or religious grounds, which will need to be applied for prior to being inducted into the Victoria Police Academy.

As a Probationary Constable you may be subject to a ballot process just prior to confirmation which is conducted when there are vacant operational general duties positions that have not been filled by nomination.  This occurs prior to confirmation to the rank of Constable. Confirmation generally occurs 2 years after being sworn in as a police officer.

As part of the ballot process, employees of Victoria Police may be directed to transfer to a police station anywhere in the state.   The ballot process exists mainly to alleviate critical staffing needs at identified country stations, it enables Victoria Police to provide policing services to the wider country community.   

Victoria Police employees are unable to obtain secondary employment without approval from the Chief Commissioner. Approval will not be granted where the employment conflicts with your role as a Victoria Police employee.

A copy of the Code of Conduct can be downloaded here.