History Of Victoria Police

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Introduction Body Background and context What is Victoria Police? Victoria Police, formed in 1853 is the primary law enforcement agency of Victoria. They are an organisation who provides a 24 hours a day, seven days a week policing service to the state of Victoria ensuring the safety and social wellbeing of over 5.6 million people (Victoria Police, 2012). Victoria Police is a large government organisation who currently has over 15,000 people working for the organisation; these include police members, public servants, protective services officers, forensic scientists and other specialists (Victoria Police, 2012). Victoria police have people working across the Victorian state, covering over 500 locations with the purpose of ensuring the safety and social wellbeing of the people living in the area. These areas are split across 21 divisions within four regions; North West Metro, Southern Metro, Eastern and Westerns (Victoria Police, 2012). This brings out the purpose of the Victorian Police; its role to society is based on the notion of protecting the people who live in the Victorian communities. Police Values, Goals, and strategies There are a lot of individuals shared in one local environment, with different characteristics such as class, or ethnicity. Police officers carry a huge responsibility in protecting their community. Although they are well trained, it is important that police officers have a clear idea on what community mean, if there is no clear idea about what it is, then the likelihood is that the strategy and policy designed to meet the community’s needs will fall short, a poor quality police performance (Clements, 2008). In relation to the role and performance of police, there is a need to look at the values, goals... ... middle of paper ... ...ple from becoming a victim of crime, as well as reduce the likelihood of criminals having the opportunity to commit. The education strategy can also be used as a program where criminals learn the harm/damage they have inflicted into their victims, and hopefully not do it again (Crank, Kuykendall & Roberg, 2000). The fourth strategy is the community-building strategy; this strategy is mainly focused on enhancing the community’s relationship with police. The strategy is used in attempting to collaborate with organisations in the community such as; community associations, and neighbourhood watches, and other recreational activities. Police and the community will aim to work together in order to have community members become more aware of the problems around their area, and more likely to help police in attempt to resolve the problems (Crank, Kuykendall & Roberg, 2000).
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