• Additional 26 PSOs patrolling trains stations
• 657 PSOs now patrolling 92 railway stations
• Victorian Coalition Government building a safer public transport network
More Protective Services Officers (PSOs) will patrol the streets and train platforms of Victoria following the graduation of 26 recruits today at the Victoria Police Academy.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells welcomed the new PSOs to the ranks of Victoria Police.
“It is satisfying to be a part of these graduations and know that these new PSOs will help make Victoria’s streets and train platforms safer,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said the PSO squad was the 34th group to graduate as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to invest $212 million to recruit and deploy 940 PSOs across the rail network by November 2014.
“With the graduation of this latest squad, 657 PSOs will be deployed to 92 railway stations across the network,” Mr Wells said.
“The PSOs will target crime, violence and anti-social behaviour at railway stations from 6pm until after the last train at night, every night.”
Initially, the 26 PSO graduates will be deployed to the rail network for 3 months of on-the-job training, where they will put their training into practice while working alongside experienced Transit Safety Division Officers.
“The program is proving to be a great success and independent research has shown that the presence of PSOs makes commuters feel safer travelling on the train at night,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said the Victorian Coalition Government is also fulfilling its commitment to deliver 1,700 additional frontline police by November 2014 at a cost of $602 million.
“Currently, there are more than 1,200 additional police protecting the community than when the government took office in November 2010,” Mr Wells said.
“This represents the largest single law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.
“I extend my thanks to all our police and protective service officers for their ongoing efforts to make Victoria safer.”
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