Currency and re-employment competitiveness

Currency or recency of practice is the maintenance of competency to perform as a police officer. Some former members may find it difficult to demonstrate contemporary policing skills; however, many of these skills are durable. For example, do you feel that you could still execute a safe, lawful arrest?

Returning constables and senior constables undertake an individualised training needs assessment to determine any skill gap, whereas for sergeants and above, selection to a position infers such competency. Recency of police practice may be a determinant for some registrants in their competiveness for re-employment.

For regulated professions (for example, the health industry), registration standards include recency of practice, which varies from 2 to 5 years depending on the field. PRSB will work with Victoria Police to form a definition around currency or recency of practice in policing.

 

Registrants are eligible to apply for re-employment with Victoria Police at or below their registered rank. The Police Alternate Employment Unit (PAEU) within Victoria Police manages this process.

Contact PAEU

Phone (03) 9247 3219

Email   HRD-PRIOR-POLICING-MGR@police.vic.gov.au (External link)

Process

Rank Check Selection Vacancies
Constable/ senior constable Pre-employment checks (fitness, medical and psychological  tests) Re-appointment process including panel interview and skills gap analysis. Registrants are appointed to positions subject to availability
Sergeant and senior sergeant Pre-employment checks (fitness, medical and psychological  tests) Applicants compete for vacant positions under a merit based selection process. Details of vacancies are provided by PAEU. HRD-PRIOR-POLICING-MGR@police.vic.gov.au (External link)
Inspector to commander Pre-employment checks (which  may include fitness, medical and psychological  tests) Applicants compete for vacant positions under a merit based selection process. Positions are advertised at jobs.careers.vic.gov.au.  careers.vic.gov.au (External link)

Consider VPS roles

Before returning to a sworn position, some former police officers have taken-up public service (VPS) roles as a way of re-orienting themselves with Victoria Police and current policing issues and practices. VPS vacancies are advertised on careers.vic.gov.au. (External link)

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