More Police Officers On The Beat Next Week

08 April 2016

There will be more police on the beat in Victoria with 14 new officers graduating today.

Acting Minister for Police Robin Scott congratulated officers from Police Squad 10 on their graduation at the Victoria Police Academy.

The officers start their new roles on Monday and will proudly serve Victorians, working to respond to significant community issues including family violence.

The new officers have experience protecting the community, having worked as Protective Services Officers (PSOs), before becoming sworn police officers.

They completed a 19-week course that factored in their considerable experience and training as PSOs, who receive the same operational and tactics training as police.

The government continues to invest in police, having funded almost 700 new police personnel, including more police, PSOs, intelligence experts, forensic analysts, and Police Custody Officers.

Our continued investment in policing has seen a record $2.5 billion budget for Victoria Police in 2015-16 and we continue to work with the Chief Commissioner to deliver police the resources they need.

Victoria Police will deploy 200 custody officers to stations across the state by the middle of 2016, which will allow front line police to get back to the work of protecting the community.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police Robin Scott

“On behalf of the community, I’d like to congratulate our graduating police officers, who have dedicated themselves to protecting Victorians.”

“We’ve funded nearly 700 extra police personnel and delivered a record $2.5 billion to Victoria Police to help keep our community safe.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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