GOVERNMENT TARGETS 1700 EXTRA FRONTLINE POLICE

GOVERNMENT TARGETS 1700 EXTRA FRONTLINE POLICE

Posted on 14. Jul, 2010 in News

The largest police recruitment drive in Victoria’s history began today with a campaign encouraging people from all backgrounds to consider an extraordinary career as a police officer.

At the Police Academy today, Premier John Brumby, Police Minister Bob Cameron and Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland unveiled a $6 million campaign to attract a record 1700 recruits over the next five years.

Mr Brumby said the Extraordinary Career campaign was the first stage of a $673 million Victorian Labor Government commitment to put an extra 1966 frontline police on the beat.

“This campaign will help attract a range of recruits to a career in policing, putting more officers on the front-line and boosting police efforts to make Victoria even safer,” Brumby said.

“This record recruitment will mean that starting later this year, there will be a graduation at the Police Academy every fortnight for the next four years.”

Mr Brumby said the recruitment campaign was an important part of a record $2 billion Victoria Police budget to help make the state’s streets and communities even safer.

“This recruitment campaign is just one of the many ways our government is supporting Victoria Police as they work to reduce crime,” Mr Brumby said.

“While Victoria is the safest state in Australia, we want to drive down crime even further and by the end of this year we will have increased the net number of police by almost 2000 since 1999.

“We are also continuing our commitment to providing police with the laws they need to fight crime, including the strengthening of weapons search powers and tough new laws to tackle public order offences.”

Mr Brumby said the recruitment campaign would feature on television, radio, print and online and would encourage Victorians from a diverse range of backgrounds to consider becoming a police officer.

“While we have a strong record of finding excellent policing talent largely from within our state, this campaign will invite others interstate to join the best police force in Australia,” he said.

“There are currently 248 recruits in the academy and they represent a broad cross-section of the community having left careers in teaching, banking and finance, farming and the military.”

 

FAST FACTS:

  • There are currently 248 recruits in the Police Academy, 155 males, 93 females
  • The average age of those recruits is 23 years for males, 24 years for females
  • Prior employment of those recruits: Teachers (6), Security (18), Banking/Finance (10), Army/Military (4), Working with Children (6), Manager (27) Student (13), Hospitality (18), Customer Service (40), Trade (40) Retail (39) Unsworn (4), Health and Fitness (20), Farmer (3).

Police and Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron said there were few more rewarding careers than answering the call of your own community and working to protect Victoria from crime.

“Provided you have the right qualities and work attitude, Victoria Police has opportunities for an exciting, extraordinary and long-term career helping to make Victoria the best place to live,” Mr Cameron said.

“It is certainly not an easy job, but it is a rewarding one that displays the very best characteristics of society – integrity, leadership, respect and professionalism.

“We know that giving police more resources – including putting more officers on the street – is vital for community safety, and that’s why our Government is funding this campaign ­– the largest recruitment drive in Victorian history.”

Mr Cameron said the Government had committed more than $460 million to fund the construction or refurbishment of over 160 police stations and residences across the state, in Victoria’s largest ever police station building program.

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