Sector profile

Prevention and detection strategies for police

The prevention and detection strategies outlined in this section are based on recommendations made to Victoria Police following IBAC investigations, best practice interstate and overseas as well as mitigations that Victoria Police already implements.

Excessive use of force

  • Effective and efficient recording of use of force.
  • Modern and regular training based on real scenarios and sound principles, particularly de-escalation techniques.
  • Regular analysis of complaint histories.

Obscuring behaviours 

  • Development of information and training videos on disclosure, integrity and obscuring behaviours, reporting police misconduct and the police complaint investigation process.

Organised crime infiltration and criminal associations 

  • Tailored ethics training.
  • Targeted audit programs, especially related to information security, that are based on risk factors.
  • Corruption resistant culture.

Declarable associations 

  • Require employees to identify, declare and manage declarable associations in accordance with policy.
  • If the management action related to a declarable association is that the contact should cease, steps should be taken to ensure this occurs.

Conflicts of interest 

  • Staff are informed and familiar with how to declare conflicts of interest.
  • Declaring conflicts of interest is made easy, fast and accessible.
  • Strengthen recruitment and promotion processes and policies to more effectively identify and manage conflicts of interest.
  • Regularly review policies and procedures for clarity and to address gaps.
  • Regular mandatory training and awareness raising conducted within the organisation.

Misuse of information

  • Robust systems including reasons for access.
  • Targeted and sustained audit program.
  • Tailored training including ethics components and emphasis on police only accessing information directly related to their current duties and functions.