PSOs Out in Force at Oakleigh and Ormond Railway Stations
Written on the 5 March 2013
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.
“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.
“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
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.
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.
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.