Media Release

22 October 2018

O’Donohue: Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs for Watergardens Station

Monday 22 October 2018

Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs for Watergardens 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 Watergardens 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, including Watergardens, Broadmeadows and Sunshine.

Crime data obtained from the Crime Statistics Agency reveals a surge in serious assault crime in Taylors Hill since Daniel Andrews was elected with an increase of 125%. Further to this, innocent Victorians should not have to put up with riots like we’ve seen in Taylors Hill earlier this year.

Under Daniel Andrews, crime is out of control.

As some of the busiest stations on the metropolitan network, having PSOs at Watergardens, Broadmeadows and Sunshine Stations during daytime hours will deter and prevent crime and help ensure commuters can travel in safety.

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

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.

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 Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Edward O’Donohue:

“A Matthew Guy Government will make Victoria safe again.

Violent crime and anti-social behaviour is out of control under Daniel Andrews and the Liberal Nationals will invest more police on the beat and more PSOs at Watergardens, Broadmeadows and Sunshine railway stations to combat this.

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.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Sydenham, Maria Kerr:

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

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