Sunday, September 4, 2011


Victoria Police has a proud history serving the community of Victoria, building and nurturing a positive relationship with the public.
Policing is not an easy occupation.  Victoria Police provides assistance, protection, support, leadership and above all, maintains peace in society.  Every minute of every hour of every day, year-in and year-out, Victoria Police is ready to respond to the community's needs.
Victoria Police history moves through the gold rush days, the brutal Kelly Gang era, the urban sprawl of the late 1880s, World War I and the Great Depression, followed by unemployment, demonstrations and strikes before the onset of World War II.
By the mid 1960s, the population of Victoria passed two million and police were trying to combat gambling issues, a developing youth culture, Vietnam War demonstrations, and the impact of drugs on society.
From the 1980s, police have been tackling road safety, robberies, drug trafficking, house burglaries, motor vehicle theft, gun control and the use of knives in assault.
Every major event in Victoria's history has involved police in their role as community guardians.  The following short history is a brief overview of the events that have shaped the organisation into what it is today - a pioneering police service that has developed into a modern and innovative organisation, which aims to meet the needs of all Victorians.
Today, the organisation has grown into one of the largest police services in the western world with more than 13,600 staff and 339 police stations around the state. THEN WHY ARE THEY, THE CORPORATE MEDIA & POLITICAL PARTIES BLEATING ABOUT THE LACK OF NUMBERS AND THE NEED FOR MORE POLICE?
Also, Victoria Police today could not function without more than 2000 support staff and civilian experts in its ranks, working in areas such as finance, property development, administration, criminal records and forensic science.  Support staff are a vital part of modern day policing and their work complements and supports the duties of police.
Throughout its existence the organisation has remained true to its motto of 'Uphold the Right'.  Its members always strive to perform their duty in an exemplary fashion and ensure Victoria remains a safe place to work, live and visit.

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