Show Me The Evidence!
One of the things I ask our Interview Members to give some thought to and to gather some evidence of is their ability to follow procedures, to follow directions and to comply with legislation and to adhere to company policies. It’s about being able to use the checklist and do the job the way the company wants the job done!
The reason we’re working on this issue at the moment is that it’s a skill or quality that Victoria Police requires from its officers and therefore of you as a Victoria Police applicant. These are not just made up points without purpose, they are skills and abilities you will need to have to perform the duties of an officer correctly. This applies to both Police and Protective Services Officers.
You might recall recently there was some media attention surrounding the fact the Victoria Police issued more than 700 infringement notices incorrectly. These offences were in connection with drink driving offences and resulted in some drivers having their licenses suspended incorrectly, whilst others should have had their licenses suspended but did not.
I’m certainly not going to be critical of members who may have ticked the wrong box or filled in the right date, there’s a lot of paperwork in the job and these kinds of errors can occur, I’ve made the same mistake myself from time to time. However, not following the procedures, not complying with legislation carries consequences for everyone involved, from the member with the dodgy pen to the affected driver and to the organisation as a group.
For us as police and PSO applicants, it’s important to understand the preparation we’re doing for our interview is for specific reasons, for ‘real’ reasons. We need to demonstrate to Victoria Police that we have in the past and continue to this day, to follow procedures, guidelines and tasks in the way we are instructed to with accuracy and consistency. Your ability to undertake tasks and follow procedures are not qualities a pen pusher thought might be good to ask applicants about, they are qualities you need to do the job and if you can’t give evidence of your ability to do these things you might be too much of a risk for Victoria Police, given the consequences of not doing so.
Good luck with your Victoria Police Interviews!