Victoria Police - Protective Services Officers
As a PSO

Victoria Police offers a challenging and rewarding career serving the Victorian Community. If successful in your application 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 your personal and professional life prior to committing to the application process.

The Victoria Police Act imposes a duty on all employees, not only whilst on duty but at all other times to respond to incidents and to be of good behaviour. Actions committed during your personal time may affect your ongoing employment and subject you to criminal or internal discipline 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.

During the application process and your period of employment with Victoria Police, you will be subject to testing for drugs and alcohol. You will be required to be free from alcohol whilst on or available for duty. You are also required to 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 Protective Services Officer (PSO) 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.

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

Download a copy of the Code of Conduct here.