How Many Times Do You Want To Apply To Join Victoria Police

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Victoria Police applicants who take shortcuts, look for the path of least resistance and aim to put in only the minimum effort required, will be gutted when they invest 12-18 months in the application process only to be told they’ve been unsuccessful in their attempt.

In my experience there are (generally) two types of applicants, those who do the bare minimum to meet the requirements and those who go above and beyond .

Needless to say I am not interested in those with the first attitude, and rarely hear from them, unless of course, they want something for free. On the other hand, it has been my pleasure and privilege to work with more than 500+ fantastic Victoria Police applicants over the past 6 years.

Often when a police applicant is unsuccessful on their first attempt, they move on to something else. However, for those applicants who decide that they really do want ‘this’, I often get a call from them saying “I’ll do whatever it takes this time to get in, can you help me”.

The thought of going through the entire process again and failing is enough to snap most of these applicants into action. All of a sudden time, money, effort or any other excuse is gone and they’re ready to do things ‘properly’ the second time.

If you failed the first time, how much time would you be prepared to put in the second time? What would you be prepared to spend to get in the second time? What sacrifices would you make to get in the second time?

My question to you as a police applicant is, are you doing everything you can the first time around to give yourself the best chance of success?

I had a phone call from a police applicant several months ago asking about our Selection Panel Interview Preparation Membership. After establishing fairly quickly that this applicant was severely underprepared and under-equipped for the panel interview I suggested getting started on our program sooner rather than later.

This applicant chose not to do that. Maybe he didn’t see the value, maybe it was simply more than he could afford at the time (he didn’t say that), maybe he didn’t feel it was necessary or maybe he realised (after we spoke for 25 minutes) that he had so much ground to make up before the panel that it was easier to stick his head in the sand and hope for the best on the day.

Unfortunately, this applicant’s recent news that he had failed his selection panel interview resulted in a feeling of devastation. This result was despite a process that took more than a year to get through.

Again I ask, are you doing everything you can the first time around to give yourself the best chance of success?

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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