Media Release

22 November 2018

Guy: Custody Officers to PSOs: Getting more police on the frontline

Thursday 22 November 2018

Custody Officers to PSOs: Getting more police on the frontline

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will convert 400 Custody Officers to become Protective Services Officers to help put more police on the frontline.

As a part of this plan to free up police resources so they can get on the frontline, when police cells are quiet, these PSOs will be able to undertake other duties in consultation with Police Command and The Police Association.

These duties could include the staffing of police station public front counters, when they are not undertaking prisoner custodial duties, thereby freeing up sworn police for higher priority core duties such as increased mobile patrols and other frontline duties.

It is expected that many of the existing 400 Custody Officers will transition to the new PSO or sworn police positions.

For those Custody Officers that don’t want to transition to PSOs, other opportunities will be offered within Corrections Victoria or other appropriate jobs.

Because of the increase in salary between Custody Officer and PSO, this policy will cost $30.7 million over four years.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:

“Daniel Andrews has lost control of violent crime in Victoria.

That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will increase frontline police and free up more police to work on the frontline.

Victorians are sick and tired of excuses for violent crime rates.  They expect and deserve more frontline police and tougher jail sentences and bail rules.

Under a Liberal Nationals Government we will have more frontline police and jail will mean jail.

A Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of crime.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue:

“The Police Association figures reveal that there are 190 fewer frontline police in Victoria since 2013.

Under Daniel Andrews crime rates are up but police numbers are down.

A Liberal Nationals Government will always put frontline police first to keep Victorians safe.”