The Police Registration and Services Board (PRSB) hosts a Community of Practice for Ethics Education (CoPEE), an important area of focus for Victoria Police. There are currently significant initiatives in police ethics education in a range of areas, including foundation training, promotion, leadership, gender equality and professional standards. There is a great deal of effective work being done and a wealth of valuable experience spread throughout Victoria Police. In discussions with key stakeholders a forum where knowledge and experience can be shared has been identified as valuable and garnered enthusiastic support.

The community brings together practitioners who are planning, designing or delivering ethics education, in-person, online or in the broader day to day work context. Together, we are developing a network to support ethics education, professional standards and continuing professional development through peer-to-peer engagement, expert speakers and other initiatives.

The CoPEE is hosted by the PRSB Professional Standards Division (External link), which focuses on professional and ethical standards, continuing education and professional development, and moderated by the newly appointed PRSB Deputy President Dr Eva Tsahuridu.

As a group, the CoPEE has decided the initial focus of its work will include:

  • Understanding and mapping ethics training in Victoria Police, including how different training offerings build on each
  • Assessing and improving the impact of ethics training offerings
  • What infrastructure (including but not limited to training) do we need to develop to develop an ethical culture that is likely to lead to ethical behaviour
  • Ways to minimise the disconnect between how members are trained to behave and what happens in an operational environment.

Current activities

Meetings are scheduled for every two months.

Members are completing a survey to provide information about the ethics training offerings they are involved with. Additionally, at each meeting one team will provide a short presentation on their work, to deepen the understanding held by the CoPEE.

The terms of reference will be agreed and published on this website when they are finalised.

We have established an internal Victoria Police Community of Practice for Ethics Education Yammer (External link) group to enable communication and dialogue between members.

We will provide further updates after the next meeting, on Friday 6th of August.

If you are interested to learn more or attend please contact Senior Project and Policy Officer Sharon Weiss on sharon.weiss@prsb.vic.gov.au (External link).