PSOs Out in Force at Oakleigh and Ormond Railway Stations

Written on the 5 March 2013

PSOs Out in Force at Oakleigh and Ormond Railway Stations

Former Premier Ted Baillieu attended Ormond Station with Parliamentary Colleagues, Georgie Crozier, David Southwick, Elizabeth Miller and Inga Peulich to announce the deployment of Protective Service Officers (PSOs) to Ormond, Clayton and Oakleigh railway stations.

Mr Baillieu, said with the addition of PSOs at Ormond, Clayton and Oakleigh there would be a total of 35 stations where PSOs are in operation every night from 6pm until the last train.


“There are now 278 PSOs working at these stations and we are on track to have 940 PSOs deployed across the network by November next year,” Mr Baillieu said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to tackling crime, violence and anti-social behaviour on and around train stations.


“There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from the communities that have already benefitted from having PSOs at their stations.


“Commuters and small businesses have said very clearly that there has been a reduction in crime, a reduction in violence, and a reduction in anti-social behaviour where PSOs are deployed at their local train
station,” Mr Baillieu said.


The National Survey of Community Satisfaction with Policing last year found the percentage of people who now feel safe using public transport at night has increased. Public Transport Victoria’s most recent survey (for the July-September 2012 quarter) found feelings of personal security rose from 63.6 per cent to 67.2 per cent.


The Annual Report on Government Services (ROGS) prepared by the Productivity Commission also found that perceptions of safety on public transport at night had risen after three years of decline.
A Department of Justice Survey last year found 80 per cent of travellers thought PSOs were a good idea.


Public Transport Victoria figures show incidents of graffiti have also fallen from a rolling average of nearly 60 a month in mid-2011 to just 18 now.


Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier said that she was thrilled to have PSOs on guard at Oakleigh and Ormond railway stations.


"It is fantastic to see the fluro yellow jackets out in force at stations within the Southern Metropolitan Region such as Oakleigh and Ormond raiway stations. The latest deployment of PSOs will be a welcome edition for many residents as they commute home" Ms Crozier said.


Mr Baillieu said the Victoria Police PSO recruitment campaign ‘Are you ready to stand out?’ launched three weeks ago is delivering excellent results.


“The opportunity to serve as a PSO on train stations is a new career opportunity for Victorians and it is part of new era in Victoria, where train stations are places of safety rather than places of fear,” Mr Baillieu said.


“The recruitment campaign that Victoria Police have launched is all about informing Victorians about the career opportunity to become a PSO and the contribution that PSOs can provide to make our communities safer.”


More than 500 applications have been received and more than 900 Victorians have attended PSO recruitment information sessions since the ‘Are you ready to stand out?’ campaign began. Visits to the website increased 140 per cent to more than 140,000 visits within the first two weeks of the recruitment campaign. There are currently more than 350 applications that have passed the initial examination and are being processed.


“Many more squads of PSOs will continue to come through the Academy for 12 weeks of intensive training, including the same operational tactics and safety training that police officers undertake,” Mr Baillieu said.


From 6pm Tuesday 12 February, PSOs will be deployed at 35 train stations across the rail network - Flinders Street, Southern Cross, Melbourne Central, Footscray, Dandenong, Parliament, Richmond, North Melbourne, Box Hill, Epping, Noble Park, Frankston, Broadmeadows, Lilydale, Ringwood, Werribee, Laverton, Yarraville, Hoppers Crossing, Reservoir, Croydon, Newport, Westall, Boronia, Carrum, Cranbourne, Berwick, St Albans, Coburg, Sunshine, Watergardens, Ferntree Gully, Ormond, Clayton and Oakleigh.

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