• Public safety improved for Melbourne’s inner south with deployment of PSOs to Carnegie rail station
• 657 PSOs now deployed to 92 rail stations patrolling from 6pm until after the last train at night
• Victorian Coalition Government helping to build stronger and safer communities
Public safety will improve for train travellers in Melbourne’s inner south with the deployment of Protective Services Officers (PSOs) to Carnegie rail station.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells, joined by Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier, visited the PSOs during their induction at Carnegie station today.
Mr Wells said the PSOs would protect commuters from crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to building a better and safer Victoria,” Mr Wells said.
“PSOs are making a difference to public safety and people who use Carnegie station on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. Commuters will benefit from their presence.
“This month marks the two year anniversary of PSOs working on rail stations. A total of 657 PSOs have now been deployed across 92 stations, patrolling from 6pm until after the last train every night.
“The PSOs will keep commuters safe by patrolling the train platform, car parks and surrounds to prevent anti-social behaviour, property damage, and alcohol and transport related crime.”
The Victoria Coalition Government is on track to recruit and deploy 940 PSOs to the rail network by November 2014 as part of a $212 million investment.
“As well as 940 PSOs, an additional 1,700 frontline police officers are being recruited, which represents the largest single law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history,” Mr Wells said.
“Recruitment has far outstripped expectations and more than two-thirds of the Coalition Government’s total commitment of 940 Protective Services Officers have now graduated from the Victoria Police Academy.”
PSOs have issued more than 20,000 infringement notices for a wide range of offences, including being drunk in a public place, possessing alcohol, graffiti and possession of weapons.
“PSOs have powers to detain anyone who threatens public safety, confiscate weapons and issue fines, they are also trained in conflict resolution and dealing with vulnerable people,” Mr Wells said.
“People who use trains have told us that they welcome the presence of PSOs at train stations. They make people feel safe when travelling at night.
“I am pleased that commuters who use the busy Carnegie station will now feel safer knowing they are protected by PSOs.”
From Tuesday 25 February 2014, PSOs will be deployed to Yarraman, Prahran, Mooroolbark, Belgrave, Huntingdale, Armadale, and Carnegie railway stations.
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