Three of Victoria Police’s newest constables have found their place in their squad thanks to the support of Jesuit Social Services’ diversity program – graduating last week as members of the Victoria Police Academy’s most culturally diverse group yet.
Twenty-four Academy graduates from 10 cultural and linguistic backgrounds were sworn in before their families and Victoria Police members, including Chief Commissioner Shane Patton, who told the graduates the organisation must engage with and listen to the community to effectively prevent crime and maintain peace.
“The professional, modern police force understands its communities,” he said.
“It reflects its communities, it works with its communities, it’s a part of the community. Our sworn powers come from the law and our real authority comes from the trust of the public.”