00:01 – How many squads are inducted into the Victoria Police Academy and when are those squads inducted? Well, to answer that like many things it does come back to money. Police officers, firemen, ambulance officers, and nurses and teachers, all of these public service roles are paid for by our taxes, and we entrust the government of the day to manage those taxes well and let them determine how much of that money should be spent on police officers. That budget and that amount of money to be spent on policing will have the biggest impact on how many squads can be inducted into the Police Academy because naturally, it costs money to train those recruits and then pay their ongoing wages. Things will influence the budget and impact on how much money the government decides to allocate to policing, and it could be things like the crime statistics.
00:56 – It could be things like just the natural population growth. As the state grows in terms of population, the need for more public services like policing will grow. Now, currently, we’re sitting at around about 13,500 police officers within Victoria Police. In some of those, people will leave the organisations through natural attrition. That is that they may retire from work or they might resign from policing and move on to a different career. From time to time, there will be small recruitment drives to replace those people. On other occasions, there will be huge recruiting drives. Now at the moment, late 2017 or early 2018, we’re experiencing possibly the biggest drive Victoria Police has ever conducted.
01:43 – At one stage earlier in the year, the Police Academy was as full as its ever been. It’s certainly an exciting time if you’re applying to get into the police force because of that strong recruiting drive and the organisations need to increase the numbers because of things like the population growth and so on. For anybody applying to join the police force at the moment, you could expect for every two weeks for two squads of roughly 20 to 24 people in each squad to be inducted into the Victoria Police Academy. Every two weeks, two squads of approximately 24 people into the academy, so that’s a significant amount of people now being recruited and then inducted into the Victoria Police Academy for training.
02:32 – Just important to keep in mind on that note was it’s a very good time to be applying because of the positions available. There is, I guess, an effect of that recruiting drive and that is that there are now so much more people applying because of that recruiting drive, so more positions available right now more people applying for those positions. It’s always going to be a competitive process to try to get into the police force. Ultimately at the end of the application journey, if you can successfully complete everything, you’ll be placed on the waiting list in which they refer to as the order of merit and it’s from that order of merit that people are selected to go into the Victoria Police Academy for training.
03:13 – Of course, it’s your best interest to get the best possible score you can as you go through the application process to push yourself as high as possible up that order of merit to give yourself the best chance of being offered a position. Further down the page, I might put a link to another discussion about the order of merit, so you can get a better of understanding of how that works. Hopefully, that gives you a bit of a snapshot of how often and how many squads are inducted into the Victoria Police Academy given the recording occurred late 2017, early 2018.