The police union had insisted that salaries be increased by 4%, but the government refused to commit to limiting annual wage increases for all public service employees to 2%. On October 31, 1923, members of the Victoria Police refused service and went on strike because of the introduction of a new surveillance system. The police strike has sparked riots and looting in Melbourne`s central business district. The Victorian government charged special constabulators, and the Commonwealth of Australia called the Australian Army. Victoria Police is the only Australian police force to go on strike. In November 2011, then-Chief Commissioner Ken Lay was appointed Senior Commissioner after five months of coaching. The union and the Andrews government agreed on Friday, diverting the lingering and politically sensitive crisis that is looming during the crucial holidays. Operational Dress of Victoria Police consists of navy blue cargo/tactical pants, navy blue short-arm underwear or t-shirt, integrated use vest (IOEV), navy blue baseball cap or large Brimmed hat (often in rural areas) and black boots. When police officers or protection officers are tasked with tasks for which they are easily identifiable or for safety reasons at work, a clearly visible yellow blanket may be placed on the IOEVs. A new style of ballistic vest has been announced in 2018. The police union is now considering a wage offer from the state government. Credit: Paul Rovere Over the following decades, the police intensified, including the start of construction of the Russell Street Police Station in 1859.  Victoria Police has a quasi-military structure.
The modern police model that Sir Robert Peel developed in the early 19th century for the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom used a military-style organizational structure.  Victoria Police has 12 statutory ranks, from constable to chief commissioner, with two of the twelve ranks now obsolete.  There are also two classifications that are received by progression First Constable and Leading Senior Constable.  In 2002, Victoria Police created the Leading Senior Constable classification and in December 2011, the First Constable classification for experienced constaulators, both with their own insignia.   The reservist is also a rank for former Victoria police officers who re-enter Victoria Police for a non-operational, administrative, administrative role.  The proposed agreement also includes a centralized service table system that allows Victoria Police to know where each officer is stationed in the state, maximizing their ability to call the police as needed.