Being a PCO is a rewarding career that offers excellent flexibility and good work-life balance. As a member of Victoria Police, you’ll receive comprehensive training to ensure you are equipped to keep the community safe.

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    Successful applicants that have no prior experience in managing persons in custody are required to undergo a foundation course whereas people who do have prior experience in managing persons in custody, may be eligible to undergo a recognised current competency course (see current competency page for more information):

    Foundation Course

    8 weeks in duration:

    Custody Administration:

    Week 1 to 3: Custody administration. First week: observational shift on Friday.

    Week 4: Workplace placement. No direct contact with detainees.

    Persons in Custody Well Being:

    Week 5 to 6: Persons in custody well being issues and assessment

    Week 7: Workplace placement. Direct contact with detainees.

    Week 8: Incident management, self-awareness training, offender well being simulation.

    Week 9 to 20: On the job training following operational learning framework

    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.

    The Victoria Police Academy is located on View Mount Road, Glen Waverley. A map of the address can be found here. Academy training hours are usually 7:30 am to 4:10 pm Monday to Friday, but these hours may vary to include evening and weekend work.

    We encourage employees to have a healthy work-life balance during their time at the Academy. Study at the Academy is challenging and you’ll need the support of your friends and family and will want to see them after a long week.

    It is not compulsory to live-in whilst you undertake your training. You may travel to the Victoria Police Academy in Glen Waverley to complete your training on a daily full-time basis. However recruits who live further than 30km from the Academy may elect to live-in.

    If you are required to live away from home during the training that takes place at the Police Academy, you will be offered accommodation in the Academy grounds during this period.  While living at the Academy, you will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner and be eligible to receive payment for incidentals too.

    Victoria Police has made a strong commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds whilst studying at the Academy. For information on the Victoria Police Academy LGBTI Student Support Program (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community) download the flyer.

    From 1 January 2017, the introduction of a new Academy Smoking Policing will see all areas of the Victoria Police Academy smoke-free for employees, except for two designated smoking points.
    This applied to all employees, visitors and contractors while on the Academy premises.
    Smoking will only be permitted during designated breaks at the nominated smoking points.

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