What is the Victoria Police Pool of Candidates?

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What is the difference between the Victoria Police Candidates Pool and the Victoria Police Order of Merit?

If you’ve recently completed your selection panel interview and you’ve been contacted by the Recruiting Services Branch informing you that you’ve been assessed as suitable, it means that you passed your panel interview and they think you’re suitable for their organisation – it’s good news!

It also means that you’re in with a chance of being offered a squad date to begin the recruit training program at the Victoria Police Academy. This is where some applicants may be a little shocked to learn that getting this far is no guarantee that a position will be offered, it simply gives you a chance. How strong that chance is will depend on how well you’ve scored during the application process and subsequently what final score you have earned.

When positions become available at the academy, typically squads of 20-25 at a time, those applicants with the highest applicant scores are taken from the pool of candidates to commence their recruit training and official get their new careers with Victoria Police off and running.

If you were not high enough up the list to be offered a position in that ‘intake’, the good news is you will have now moved up the list by 20-25 places! On the flip side, however, should other applicants come along after you with a better score than you, they will be placed ahead of you on the list. Yes, they could be offered a position before you even though you may have completed the application months before them and been waiting for many weeks.

How Long Will I Have To Wait Before I Start At The Police Academy?

Well, unless you work at the Recruiting Services Branch, you have no way of knowing what applicant score you achieved or what scores other applicants have achieved. This of course means you can’t determine where you are in the queue.

It really comes down to numbers. If you knew how many positions were being offered in the next couple of months and you knew your position on the order of merit you would be able to take a pretty good guess, but, you probably don’t have these numbers and recruiting will not give out this information.

So what can you do? Unfortunately not much now if you have already completed the application process. If you’re still going through the process it would be well worth your while to do everything in your power to get the best preparation for each step in process and earn the highest possible applicant score.

Kind regards,

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

About the Author

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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