Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Office of the Chief Commissioner of Police

Field of Law

Criminal

Stage of Career

Secondary; Graduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street Docklands 3008
Phone: (03) 9247 6666
Visit the Careers page of the Victorian Police website
Email: ppscvpsrecruitment@police.vic.gov.au or recruitingservices@police.vic.gov.au

Description of Organisation

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing more than 15,500 people, including police, policy advisors, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police employs more than 2900 support staff around Victoria, providing essential support to police officers in a range of challenging roles.

Victoria Police offers a broad range of Victorian Public Service career opportunities that reflect the diverse requirements of the organisation.

Number of legal positions within organisation: Approximately 20 full time positions in a variety of fields

Does your organisation have a human rights officer?

Victoria Police has a number of Human Rights programs and graduates of programs become part of the Human Rights Communities of Practice

Information for secondary schools

Do you have work experience placements for secondary school students?

Yes

Contact person for work experience placements: Kristy Antonopoulos

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

This is facilitated at a local police station level

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: The Officer in Charge of the local police station.

 Information for university students/graduates

Victoria Police recruits through the GRADS program

What are you looking for in a graduate?

Interests in criminal law, administrative law and general litigation

Qualifications/skills required

Qualifications and skills vary depending on the role and position. Victoria Police has many different departments such as Infrastructure and IT, human resources, industrial relations, Occupational Health and Safety and licensing regulation areas that require varied skills.

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Criminal law, criminology, administrative law etc. for legal positions depending upon the role being considered

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Any work that demonstrates varied life experiences and an ability to work in small or large teams and communicate well with others

How many law graduates do you employ outside your graduate program, and what sort of roles do they fill?

  • Law graduates regularly apply for all advertised positions at Victoria Police.
  • Law graduates also apply to become police officers, performing a range of general policing duties before specialising in a law related field

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

  • To adhere to the Victoria Public Service standards and the Victoria Police Code of Ethics when performing their role.
  • The ability to think laterally and to develop innovative solutions to resolve complex community, policy and legal issues.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Previous experience in either the private or public sector.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

The number of positions available is dependent upon attrition and service level needs.

Where do you advertise your positions?

Internally, in state and national newspapers, with recruitment agencies and on the Careers page of the Victorian Government website depending on the role.

Do you use a recruitment agency?

In some instances

Advice for applicants

Victoria Police uses a range of interviewing and pre selection methods to identify the best applicant for a position.   Applicants are encouraged to understand the specific requirements when applying, such as addressing key selection criteria in their applications.

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