The people of Victoria rely on police to protect life and property, detect and apprehend offenders, and help those in need of assistance. Therefore, a police officer performs duties that are diverse, stimulating and challenging.
First you must complete a 33 week training phase, then you will be deployed as a General Duties Police Officer to a police station anywhere in Victoria.
The life of a General Duties Police Officer
General Duty Police Officers are the foundation of Victoria Police and are essential to ensure that the Victorian community functions safely. General duty officers are always the first on the scene at any reportable crime or public need and provide their service to the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The majority of Victoria Police members work as a General Duties Police Officer but there are also many specialist roles that require further training and usually at least 4 years general duties operational experience as a pre-requisite.
What does a General Duties Police Officer do?
General Duty Police Officers are rostered around the clock statewide so that there are Police Officers available to respond to the needs of the Victorian community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Duties are varied and you will come into contact with all walks of life; some of the people you deal with will display values and behaviours that contradict your own. However, as a police officer you are required to remain impartial. Below is a list of some of the situations that you may have to manage as a General Duties Police Officer:
• Prevent anti-social behaviour
• Deal with community safety concerns
• Resolve disputes
• Attend at accidents
• Investigate crime
• Enforce traffic law
• Deal with drug and alcohol affected people
• Attend critical incidents and emergencies
You are required to submit paperwork on most situations you attend including keeping a running sheet which is an on going diary of the duties you perform during each shift. You will also be required to prepare paperwork for court and subsequently attend hearings and give evidence.
While the role of a police officer is challenging, it is also rewarding; as a police officer you will make a difference to the Victorian community every day.