- PSOs set to patrol Traralgon Railway Station from tomorrow night
- Travellers to and from Traralgon will now feel safer at night
- Victorian Coalition Government delivering its commitment to put PSOs at key regional train stations
Travellers at Traralgon’s V/Line station will feel safer from tomorrow night, with the Victorian Coalition Government delivering on its promise to have the station patrolled by Protective Services Officers.
Speaking at the Traralgon Railway Station, Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said PSOs would patrol the rail platform, car parks and immediate surrounds from 6pm until the last train each night.
“PSOs help to prevent anti-social behaviour, property damage, violence and alcohol and transport-related crime at our train stations,” Mr Ryan said.
“We said we’d deliver PSOs to Traralgon, and we’ve done it.”
Tomorrow’s deployment to Traralgon means that there will now be PSOs at four major regional stations - Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Traralgon. Victoria will have 864 PSOs patrolling 142 stations.
“A survey by the Department of Justice in October 2013 reported that the presence of PSOs made passengers feel safer at rail stations,” Mr Ryan said.
“Travellers feel railway stations are safer places at night thanks to PSOs.”
Some 94 per cent of night time travellers agreed that PSOs were a good idea and 93 per cent stated they would seek help from a PSO if they felt unsafe.
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien welcomed the announcement.
“PSOs complete a 12-week course that includes the same operational tactics and safety training undertaken by Victoria Police officers,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Newly-graduated PSOs are mentored by experienced PSOs at city railway stations for three months.
“We have increased our initial commitment to deliver 940 PSOs on our rail stations by adding a further 96 to the program.
“This $863.1 million investment in police and PSOs is the single largest law and order recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.”
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