Welcome to Retired Peer Support Officer Program
Retired Peer Support Officers (RPSOs) are former Victoria Police members and they voluntarily provide confidential support to employees who have retired, resigned or been ill-health retired from the Victoria Police Force, or any other Police Force or Police Service.
RPSOs are available to assist any former employee of Victoria Police who may be experiencing some of the following; Stress, Depression, PTSD and other mental health injuries.
RPSOs are trained to recognise various symptoms and problems, and assist their colleagues through listening, understanding and providing appropriate options and assisting with referrals where necessary.
RPSOs are NOT counsellors and do NOT make psychological assessments. RPSOs have great communication and listening skills. They are trained in psychological first-aid, suicide awareness and have problem solving skills.
RPSOs receive the same training provided to current serving Victoria Police Peer Support Officers. However, we operate under the banner of the Retired Police Association of Victoria.
There is no charge for the service provided by the Retired Peer Support Officer program. The request for an RPSO is via the coordinator so that the most appropriate RPSO can be assigned to the former employee.
RPSOs have access to various resource staff, Psychologists, Clergy and other support agencies.
The RPSO program is supported by:
- Retired Police Association of Victoria
- Victoria Police Peer Support Unit
- The Police Association of Victoria; and
- Victoria Police Chief Commissioners Office