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Victoria Police

If you have an interest in serving the community, all of the policing roles have aspects that will interest you. There is no one attribute, skill or experience that will guarantee your success as a candidate—instead we are looking for your overall suitability for the role you are applying for. We measure this through a complex matrix, encompassing intelligence, psychological make-up, general fitness, work history, community involvement, as well as medical and prior offence history.

There are different entry requirements for each role.

Attributes we are seeking include:

  • Adaptability
  • Assertiveness
  • Ability to take criticism and direction
  • Good communication (verbal/written)
  • Community-mindedness
  • Self-confidence
  • Coping and stress management skills
  • Good decision-making ability
  • Emotional intelligence/stability
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • A non-judgmental attitude
  • Open mindedness
  • Patience
  • Physical mobility/strength/fitness
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Resilience
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player

The top 3 attributes of each role


  1. Good communication skills (verbal & written)
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Integrity

Protective Services Officer

  1. Good communication skills (verbal)
  2. Community-mindedness
  3. Assertiveness

Police Custody Officer (Top 3 most important attributes)

  1. Good communication skills (verbal)
  2. Resilience
  3. Non-judgemental