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Status and powers of special constable

    (1)     Subject to this section, for the purposes of this or any other Act or any subordinate instrument a special constable is taken to be a police officer.

    (2)     Without limiting subsection (1), a special constable has—

        (a)     the duties and powers of a constable at common law; and

        (b)     any duties and powers imposed or conferred on a police officer by or under this or any other Act or by or under any subordinate instrument.


As police officers, special constables are not required to produce proof of their appointment (see  section 53).

    (3)     The following provisions of this Act do not apply in relation to a special constable

        (a)     section 7 (Who constitutes Victoria Police?);

        (b)     Part 3 (Victoria Police Personnel) other than section 19 (Delegation by Chief Commissioner);

S. 193(3)(c) amended by No. 6/2018 s. 68(Sch.  2 item 133.7).

        (c)     Division 1 of Part 4 (Oath or affirmation of office);

        (d)     section 63 (Training courses);

        (e)     section 64 (Long service leave);

        (f)     section 65 (Resignation and retirement);

        (g)     section 67 (Ill-health retirement);

        (h)     Division 6 of Part 4 (Incapacity for duty);

              (i)     Part 6 (Police Registration);

        (j)     Part 7 (Discipline) other than section 125 (Breaches of discipline);

        (k)     Part 8 (Appeals and Reviews);

        (l)     regulations made under item 2.1, 2.3, 2.4 or 2.5 of Schedule 5.

    (4)     A special constable is not entitled to receive any remuneration or allowances from Victoria Police unless he or she is acting as an agent of the police force to which he or she is permanently appointed.

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