The Professional Standards Division was established under the Victoria Police Act 2013:
to advise the Chief Commissioner about competency standards, practice standards, educational courses and supervised training arrangements for police officers, protective services officers and police reservists
to support and promote the continuing education and professional development of police officers, protective services officers and police reservists.
The goal of the PRSB is to support the journey of policing towards being a full profession. The PRSB explored this theme in its paper, Towards a Shared Vision of Police Professionalisation in Victoria (2016/17). The elements of professionalisation which underpin PRSB strategic direction and projects are:
A body of policing knowledge which members contribute to and engage with through continuing professional development, sharing knowledge, techniques and research.
- Articulated standards, including entry capabilities for each rank and for education and training.
- Ethical conduct standards which comprise shared values and expectations of the profession.
- High quality education and training qualifications and programs.