Andrews Govt Creates Supervising Role For Police Custody Officers

Andrews Govt Creates Supervising Role For Police Custody Officers

Victoria Minister for Police Lisa Neville

New Senior Role For Police Custody Officers

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has created a new supervising role for Police Custody Officers (PCO’s) to free up sworn Police from custody duties so they can spend more time on the frontline targeting aggravated burglaries, family violence and recidivist offending.

Supervising PCO’s will lead a team of PCO’s and take on some of the responsibilities currently being performed by the Officer in Charge of a Police gaol.

“Creation of this new role will free up more Police so they can do what they do best fight crime and keep the community safe.” Minister for Police Lisa Neville said.

“It is also recognition of just how valued and important Police Custody Officers have become since the government introduced the role.”

Since the introduction of PCO’s in January 2016, PCO’s have freed up more than 50,000 Police shifts. That means more Police out on the front line catching criminals and keeping communities safe.

“Supervising role is a win-win it provides a clear career path for PCO’s, while giving Police more opportunity to get out onto the frontline.” Ms. Neville said.

Number of Police officers performing custody shifts has also decreased by almost 80 % at the 22 stations with PCO’s.

There will be 3 squads of Supervisor PCO’s with more than 50 positions to be recruited. The first squad will start training in July. All 3 squads will be trained by December and working across 15 stations by 2018.

Supervising PCO’s will be responsible for maintaining the order of the gaol, including those in custody and visitors, authorising searches and the use of restraints, as well as some transport functions, such as visits to court.

Officer in Charge will continue to control and manage the custody environment and more complex issues.

New PCO Role will give Police officers more time to focus on operational duties, including criminal investigations.

New Supervising PCO role also provides an opportunity for career progression for PCO’s, who have become a skilled and valued part of Victoria’s busiest Police stations.

Existing PCO’s will undertake a 40-day course to become a supervisor, while external candidates will have to undergo a 60-day course.

Andrews Government is on track to recruit, train and employ 400 PCO’s by the end of 2017, with more than 280 PCO’s currently employed and 22 recruits in training.