Communications Test For Victoria Police Applicants

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Communications Test For Victoria Police Applicants

Hello Victoria Police Applicant 🙂

in this video, I want to talk about why it is that some Victorian Police Applicants are asked to do a Communications Test and some applicants are not.

What is the Victoria Police Communications Test for Applicants?

Well, it involves the applicant going to the Recruiting Services Branch office and sitting down with one of the staff members to have a chat. During that process, they’ll show you how to use the Police Radio and they’ll ask you to use the radio and read from a script.

A staff member in another room will be listening on a police radio and of course the objective is that they need to understand what it is that you are communicating.

The second part of that test involves you again using the police radio and giving instructions or directions on how to get from Point A to Point B on a map.

Now, a staff member in the other room is again trying to follow your instructions and follow your directions in order to successfully get from Point A to Point B.

Now, they won’t be able to do these things unless they can understand clearly what it is that you’re communicating.

So why is it that some people have to do that test and other applicants don’t need to do the test?

Well, if you’re an applicant from a non-English speaking background and maybe English is your second language, quite often the accent that you apply to the English language could be difficult to understand. Applicants who have a very strong accent could be asked to do the Communications Test.

If you find yourself this situation, it is important that you understand that it’s not an English skills issue. In most cases, certainly from my experience working with applicants where English might be their second language, (I’ve worked with a lot of PSO Applicants with an Indian background) quite often their English is excellent.

It’s just that the accent or the way the English words are pronounced can be very strong and therefore difficult to understand, just because we’re not used to hearing words spoken with that accent or with that type of emphasis. So, you might be asked to come and do the test, just to assess whether or not the accent is going to be an issue.

I am sure you can see where they are coming from. If you were trying to communicate important information under pressure, it could have a serious consequence if others could not understand what it was that you were trying to tell them.

So, if you are asked to go do the Communications Test, that’s what you’re in for. Don’t take it as personal criticism of your English skills, it is really just an assessment as to whether your strong accent has the potential to cause any problems down the track.

I hope that’s helpful and if you have any questions about the issue please leave them below this video and I’ll do my best to answer them for you. Or you can certainly call me at the office if you’d want to discuss this matter or if it affects you personally, I’d be happy to chat about it with you a bit further.

Kind regards,

Russell Kempster
Russell Kempster
Founder and Head Trainer, Prime Motion Training

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Russell Kempster

Russell Kempster

Russ spent 12 years as a police officer with Victoria Police. The last four years of that time was spent at the Victoria Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught everything from fitness to firearms. He has trained police applicants, as well as recruits undergoing their initial training, experienced serving police officers and was even called on by Victoria Police to help train other would-be police academy instructors.

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