Rotary is a strong and truly valued partner of Victoria Police and provides significant support to us as an organisation, especially in the area of funding and providing professional development opportunities to enhance our members’ community engagement skills.
Rotary District 9800 is a major partner in the Victoria Police Leadership Mentoring Programme which also includes members of the business community. It began as a pilot program in 2007 with 15 senior police, 15 Rotarians and 15 business mentors. Mentoring is an important leadership development strategy for assisting our Police Leaders’ transition to Senior Management.
The Victoria Police Leadership Mentoring Programme refers to ‘a supportive relationship characterised by constructive role-modeling, encouragement of aspirations and the positive reinforcement to achieve goals’.
Under this unique annual partnership up to 20 Police Managers are assigned two mentors each - one mentor being an experienced Rotarian, sharing experiences in living out the Rotary 4-way test; and the other an experienced business executive from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.
Amongst other outcomes it helps increase their appreciation for, and to have a broader understanding of, the Rotary environment. Plus they get to explore opportunities with their mentors as to how the ideals of voluntary service can be achieved through fellowship in their personal, occupational and community life
Rotary also supports, in so many ways, our most vulnerable and ‘at risk’ community members. Again, Rotary provides funding and support to assist local communities and joint initiatives. Often the focus is on health issues affecting disadvantaged children, implementing programs and projects for disadvantaged youth, assisting the homeless and the disabled; along with other valued ccommunity service initiatives that improve life in the local community.
Rotary’s motto Service Above Self aligns closely with the aims of Victoria Police in Upholding the Right.
We rely heavily on the generosity of Rotary and look forward to a continued and strong working relationship for the benefit of our communities.
Lucinda Nolan - Acting Deputy Commissioner
Strategy and Organisational Development