The majority of Victoria Police members work as general duties police officers statewide since these roles offer the greatest variety of duties. However there are also many specialist roles that require further and sometimes ongoing training and usually at least 4 years general duties operational experience as a pre-requisite.
Some of the specialist units include:
Detectives investigate reported crime and suspected criminal activity; apprehend, charge and give evidence against persons believed to have committed offences; take reports and statements from victims of and witnesses to crime; take control of crime scenes and coordinate staff, resources and specialist groups; and assist specialist police groups in the investigation of complex matters. At Victoria Police, Detectives can be deployed to regional areas and specialist groups including the Crime Command. Prior to qualifying for a Detective role, members must undergo a field investigation course and then complete Detective Training School at the Police Academy. Upon completion of Detective training, you will receive an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Investigation) qualification.
Police Prosecutors conduct legal research and present cases on behalf of Victoria Police and victims in the Magistrates, Children's and Coroners Courts. After completing the Probationary period as Constable (2 Years) you will be eligible to apply for the Prosecutors Training Course. The course is eighteen weeks duration - nine weeks of classroom training and nine weeks workplace training at a prosecutions office.
Successful completion of the Prosecutors Training Course can lead to accreditation in the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Police Prosecution) and gives credit for ten subjects in a Law Degree through Victoria University.
At Victoria Police, vacancies in the Dog Squad are highly competitive. Police Dogs (PD’s) are an important part of police operations due to their natural abilities to track people and detect narcotics, explosives or property and their ability to get into places a police member cannot access. A member of the Dog Squad is not only assigned a police dog who lives at home with them and is their permanent partner to combat crime, but also trains, cares for and works with the dog to assist in police operations.
CRIME SCENE OFFICERS
Crime Scene Officers (CSOs) collect evidence from crime scenes to assist the investigation of volume crime. CSOs take photographs of the scene, write reports, search for fingerprints, examine other sources of evidence and speak to victims, neighbours and other possible witnesses. CSOs are often the first point of contact that a victim may have with Victoria Police, so it’s important that they can provide a professional service and empathise with the victim who is likely to be highly distressed.
Highway Patrol’s role is to enhance road safety and thereby help to reduce the incidence of road trauma. They are a team of road policing experts who work across the state patrolling freeways, highways and local roads. The members are proactive providing a visible police presence targeting dangerous and speeding motorists. They attend and investigate collisions, conduct road safety operations, including Booze Buses and impound hoons’ vehicles. In addition they run specific projects to ensure heavy vehicles comply with regulations.
Based in Williamstown, life as a member of the Water Police may seem like one long boat ride, but the Water Police work around the clock to provide security to the four ports - Melbourne, Portland, Geelong and Hastings and respond to search and rescue operations statewide. Included in their patrols are the inland waterways within Victoria such as Lake Eildon, Yarrawonga and Lake Eppalock to name a few. The Water Police coordinate all, on-water searches, rescue of vessels and people in distress. Water Police investigate incidents and collisions that occur in the water and prepare inquest briefs. Work as a Water Police member heats up in the summer months as they police the ports 24-hours a day, checking that boat drivers obey speed limits, have appropriate licenses, and safety equipment.
SEARCH AND RESCUE
The Search and Rescue Squad provides specialist expertise, advice and practical assistance in land search and rescue and the underwater environment. Search and Rescue police are trained to locate people missing in remote and difficult areas. This includes the bush, snow, mountains, coastal and inland waterways, and vertical cliffs. They also dive under water to search for and recover stolen property, weapons, evidence, vehicles and other objects.
The role of the Mounted Branch is to provide a state-wide response in support of operational police within and across Victorian communities at events requiring crowd control, protests or marches needing public order management, land searches and ceremonial duties (police graduations and funerals). The Mounted Branch provides a visible police presence in high crime rate areas and in ceremonial escorts for the Governor-General, the Victorian Governor, visiting royalty, police funerals and parades.
PUBLIC ORDER RESPONSE TEAM
The Public Order Response Team (PORT) is designed to provide a rapid response to public order incidents. The primary objective of PORT is to restore and maintain public order in volatile and/or hostile crowd environments and certain emergency management situations. Members are trained in specific tactics to deal with public order and riot situations that may occur across Victoria.
OPERATIONAL RESPONSE UNIT
The Operations Response Unit (ORU) is a highly visible and trained response team tasked to tackle high-priority public safety, road policing and crime issues across the state. The ORU has the capacity to provide rapid and ready response to major incidents and disasters at short notice. The ORU members are trained as necessary to tackle issues such as CBD violence, rural traffic issues, weapons searches and crime or drug operations.
CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE UNIT
The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week response, which includes a negotiator capability, to incidents that are beyond the scope, experience and skill level of general duties police but does not meet the criteria of the Special Operations Group (SOG).
SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP
The Special Operations Group (SOG) train daily to ensure that they are always highly capable of responding to incidents that are beyond the scope, experience and skill level of (CIRT) at any time. The SOG are highly trained in antiterrorism tactics, building entry skills, and conducting high risk searches.