About the Role

    The people of Victoria rely on police to protect life and property, detect and apprehend offenders, and help those in need of assistance. Police Officers perform duties that are diverse, stimulating and challenging.

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    You will be paid from day one of your 31-week training phase at the Victoria Police Academy. After graduating 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 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 once you've completed 2-4 years of general duties operational experience.

    What does a General Duties Police Officer do?  

    General Duty Police Officers are rostered on day, afternoon or night shifts to respond to the needs of the Victorian community as required.  

    Duties are varied and you will come into contact with all walks of life; some of whom 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 duties you will be required to undertake:

    •    Prevent anti-social behaviour
    •    Deal with community safety concerns
    •    Resolve disputes
    •    Attend 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 incidents 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.


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