Careers and Capabilities of Former Victoria Police Members: Report Released

Improving career mobility for police officers, including easier re-entry, has benefits for the organisation and its members; supporting a healthier workforce, allowing valuable skills and experience to be retained, and promoting diversity of thinking and broader capability.

From research conducted in 2016, the Police Registration and Services Board (PRSB) learned about  the careers and capabilities of former members, their reasons for leaving and their experiences of the registration and re-entry systems.

There was a strong response with 254 former members responding to an online survey and 64 participating in a focus group or a phone interview.

The PRSB Deputy President Registration, Peter Bull, said that, The PRSB was overwhelmed by the interest in the research and is grateful to all the former members who shared their experiences.

The PRSB embarked on this research to better understand the value of career mobility, including re-entry and to inform improvements to the PRSB registration scheme, which is the initial pathway for former members to re-enter Victoria Police.

The research showed that former police officers had often honed their policing skills, developed new capabilities and acquired further qualifications, all of which could be of benefit if brought back into the organisation. Deputy President Bull said that It was encouraging that many former members also still retained a strong passion for policing..

The registration scheme has been developing over the past three years and this research has provided the PRSB with valuable insights about how to make the registration scheme more welcoming and effective, in meeting the needs of Victoria Police and its current and former members.

Read the full report here: Careers and Capabilities: Former Victoria Police Members Survey Report