Media Release

09 November 2018

Finn: Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs for Werribee Station

Friday 9 November 2018

Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs for Werribee Station

Daniel Andrews and Labor have lost control of crime with anti-social behaviour and gangs causing fear for public transport users.

A Matthew Guy led Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of rail safety by introducing a daytime PSOs shift at Werribee Railway Station.

Commuters will benefit from a second day time shift of PSOs as part of the additional 100 transit PSOs under a Liberal Nationals Government.

At the moment, PSO shifts are from 6pm until the last train.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will introduce a new and additional daytime shift between 10am and 6pm for up to 20 railway stations identified as daytime crime hotspots.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will work with Victoria Police and The Police Association Victoria to recruit and deploy 100 new PSOs on the new daytime Transit PSO roster.

Crime data obtained from the Crime Statistics Agency reveals a surge in harassment and public nuisance crime in Werribee since Daniel Andrews was elected with an increase of 127.3%, as well as a 20.4% increase in common assault.

Despite initially criticising PSOs and labelling them “plastic police”, Labor has kept this successful policy.

Frontline police numbers have fallen under Daniel Andrews with Police Association figures showing there are now 190 fewer uniform officers than in 2013 despite Victoria’s population increasing by over half a million people.

Comments attributable to Liberal Member for Western Metropolitan Region, Bernie Finn:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will make Victoria safer.

Violent crime and anti-social behaviour is out of control under Daniel Andrews and only the Liberal Nationals will get back in control of community safety by investing in more frontline police, more PSOs, and tougher sentences and to make bail and parole harder to get.

If we are going to encourage more people to use public transport we need to make sure users are kept safe.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Werribee, Gayle Murphy:

“The Liberal team, led by Matthew Guy, is committed to ensuring the safety of commuters using Werribee Railway Station.

A Liberal Nationals Government will increase frontline police numbers as well as expand the PSO program to keep public transport users safer.”