Media Release

08 October 2018

O’Donohue: Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs for South Yarra Station

Monday 8 October 2018

Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs for South Yarra Station

Every Victorian deserves to be safe and feel safe while using public transport.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will increase the number of PSOs at South Yarra Railway Station to keep Victorians safe on public transport.

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.

We 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 public nuisance crime in South Yarra since Daniel Andrews was elected with an overall crime increase of 27.81% with a 44.44% increase in graffiti and a 100% increase in threatening behaviour, as well as a 50% increase in non-family violence 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 uniformed officers than in 2013 despite Victoria’s population increasing by over half a million people.

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

“A Liberal Nationals Government will make Victoria safer.

We are going to put more police on the beat and more PSOs at train stations like South Yarra Railway Station.

If we are going to encourage more people to use more public transport then we need to make sure users are safe and feel safe.

That’s why our policy is more frontline police, more PSOs, tougher sentences and to make bail and parole harder to get.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Prahran, Dr Katie Allen:

“The Liberal team, led by Matthew Guy, is committed to ensuring the safety of commuters using public transport in Prahran.

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