All entry level police officers commence their employment with 33 weeks of training at the Victoria Police Academy.
Training at the Victoria Police Academy requires dedication and a commitment to success. The training is rigorous, disciplined and thorough, it is also physically, academically and mentally demanding.
Academy training hours are usually 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, but these hours may be varied to include some afternoon shifts. There may also be a need to undertake study in the evenings after classes end for the day, especially prior to exams.
Over the 33 week training phase, your days at the Academy will be divided between lectures, physical training and learning the operational skills necessary to carry out your duties. At the end of week 12 you will be sworn in as a Constable of Police. During the first 23 weeks you will be tested in written exams, practical exams, report writing and communication skills.
In weeks 13, 18 and 26, you will perform duties at a police station and on the Safe Streets initiative. Your duties will be expanded over time as you gain knowledge, skills and experience. By training both at the Academy and at a police station or in other settings, you will become a capable, confident and professional member of our team.
This intensive training is just the beginning of your journey.
Over the next 83 weeks you will undergo further training, with at least one scheduled return to the Academy. When you have successfully completed all this, you will graduate with a Diploma of Public Safety with Victoria Police and be confirmed as a Constable.
Upon appointment to Victoria Police, you may be required to perform duty at any location within Victoria as determined by Victoria Police.
It is not compulsory to live-in whilst training however if you choose to do so, you will gain dormitory style accommodation, meals from Monday to Friday, computer access, extensive physical training facilities and an environment conducive to study. Recruits residing within the Academy during their training period will be required to pay a fee which is currently set at $458.22 per fortnight and includes meals and accommodation.