Victoria Police was established in 1853 and provides policing services to the Victorian community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working to keep over 5.9 million Victorians safe.
Police officers and protective services officers (PSOs) are supported in their roles by public service professionals who work as administrators, managers and specialists in a range of functions such as legal services, accounting, psychology and forensic sciences.
In 2015-16, our workforce expanded with the recruitment and deployment of 214 of a total 400 police custody officers (PCOs). Continuing the transition of the management and supervision of prisoners from police to PCOs in 2016-17 will further increase our capacity to provide effective policing services to the community.
Victoria Police provides policing services to the Victorian community across 54 Police Service Areas (PSAs), within 21 divisions and four regions – North West Metro, Southern Metro, Eastern and Western. These regional boundaries correspond with those of other Victorian government departments, enhancing cross-department service delivery, particularly in the area of emergency management.
Our services include:
- Responding to calls for assistance in matters of personal and public safety, emergencies and serious incidents.
- Preventing crime through a range of proactive community safety programs.
- Detecting and investigating offences, and bringing to justice those responsible for committing them.
- Supporting the judicial process to achieve efficient and effective court case management, providing safe custody for alleged offenders, supporting victims and ensuring fair and equitable treatment of victims and offenders.
- Promoting safe road-user behaviour.
Victoria Police operates under the Victoria Police Act 2013.
Victoria Police’s role is to serve the Victorian community and uphold the law so as to promote a safe, secure and orderly society. Victoria Police achieves this by:
- Preserving the peace
- Protecting life and property
- Preventing offences
- Detecting and apprehending offenders
- Helping those in need of assistance.