Napthine Government delivers 950 PSOs ahead of schedule

  •  950 PSOs across Victoria’s rail network, 10 more than the promised    election commitment
  • Train travellers have never been safer with PSOs on patrol
  • Napthine Government is building a safer Victoria

The Napthine Government has cemented the Victorian rail network as one of the safest in Australia with today’s deployment of PSOs bringing the total across the state to 950.

Member for Bentleigh Elizabeth Miller joined Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells to make the announcement at Patterson Train Station as they officially welcomed the latest PSOs, the final part of the Coalition’s PSO election commitment.

Mr Wells said the milestone achievement was yet another law and order promise fulfilled by the Coalition Government.

“The full quota of promised PSOs have now been deployed to 170 stations across the rail network ahead of schedule,” Mr Wells said.

“Not only have we achieved the 940 we committed to in 2010, but we have gone above and beyond, with ten more PSOs than promised.

“Never before have commuters been safer or felt safer on our trains.”

Mr Wells said the PSO initiative had been one of the most successful law and order policies in Victoria’s history.

“The fact that Labor called PSOs plastic police, just shows that you can’t trust Labor to get it right on making Victoria safer,” Mr Wells said.

Mr Wells said the proof was in the more than 34,000 infringements issued by PSOs since they were first deployed in February 2012.”

“PSOs are actively reducing crime, detecting crime and stamping out anti-social behaviour on our rail network,” Mr Wells said.

“For nearly four years now PSOs have been tackling crimes like graffiti, drunk and disorderly behaviour and transport infringements and in the process have been freeing up police to deal with more serious crimes.”

“In addition they have played a role in close to 1500 arrests for serious offences like assaults.”

Mr Wells said the PSO program had already been extended in July, with funding for an extra 96 PSOs.

“The first batch of extra PSOs will begin training this month, meaning that 212 railway stations plus four major regional stations will be fully staffed with PSOs.

“The 950 PSOs complement the already exceeded election promise of 1,700 extra police on the beat with close to 1,900 extra police deployed across the State by the end of the month,” Mr Wells said.

Ms Miller said local commuters were feeling safer on their daily commute to work and school.

“Commuters using Bentleigh, Moorabbin and McKinnon stations have been feeling safer since PSOs were deployed at these stations earlier this year,” Ms Miller said.

“With the addition of PSOs to Patterson Station, all stations in the Bentleigh electorate are now safer.”

Media contact: Jess Jackson 0437 422 048   jessica.jackson@minstaff.vic.gov.au