Protective Service Officers deployment

 
  melbtrans Locomotive Fireman

Just wondering where we're up to with the deployment of PSO's, I can't seem to find a concise list anywhere.
Also, does anyone know what the next stations to recieve PSO's are?

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  ChoooChoo Chief Train Controller



Dandenong,
Flinders Street,
Melbourne Central,
Richmond,
Parliament,
Southern Cross,
North Melbourne
Footscray,
Noble Park,
Box Hill and Epping have them

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Next recruits
due to be deployed at Frankston and Springvale
  712M Chief Commissioner

Good to see them rolled out at more stations. Hopefully Ringwood, Caulfield, Kananook, Broadmeadows and Roxburgh Park won't be much longer.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

Is deployment priority based on crime figures or lost tourist figures?
  mm42 Chief Train Controller


Rail travel survey on the right track

A survey of more than 1,700 night-time train travellers in Melbourne has confirmed that people feel safer when Protective Services Officers (PSOs) patrol railway stations after dark.
   Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Peter Ryan said the results of the face-to-face survey revealed strong support for the PSO policy and the safety benefits it delivered across on the public transport network.
   “More than 80 per cent of night time train users surveyed strongly agreed that PSOs patrolling railway stations is a good idea, and 79 per cent strongly agreed that they would readily seek assistance from a PSO,” Mr Ryan said.
 “A further 45 per cent indicated they would travel more often at night after 6pm if there were PSOs at train stations.”
   He said that in addition to train travellers, more than 1,000 people from the Greater Melbourne area also contributed to the research through an online community survey.
   “The data from the community survey indicates that 41 per cent of respondents strongly agree that having PSOs patrol train stations would influence them to travel more often by train after 6pm,” he said.
   “In addition, half of parents or guardians of children in the community survey strongly agreed that they would feel happier about their children travelling by train at night with PSOs patrolling train stations.”
   Mr Ryan said the baseline survey results gave valuable insights into community views about safety on the train network and how the presence of PSOs could positively change train use habits, particularly after 6pm.
   “This is not just about addressing the incidence of crime and anti-social behaviour at train stations, but also about changing the perception of safety and creating an environment that will support greater use of the rail network,” he said.
   The Protective Services Officers Research, Baseline Study – Topline Report can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 275, 8 August 2012






Source: PS News

http://vic.psnews.com.au/Page_VICpsn2752.html
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
Is deployment priority based on crime figures or lost tourist figures?
"Madjikthise"


Probably based on which stations have had toilets and other facilities provided for them...
  Kerpal Deputy Commissioner

^ based on scrotes per square inch.
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
It is my understanding that when new toilets are built at stations for them to use, they will not be available to the public. I guess they want to be able to fine people for urinating in public when there is no other alternative.
  sparkdriver Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
It is my understanding that when new toilets are built at stations for them to use, they will not be available to the public. I guess they want to be able to fine people for urinating in public when there is no other alternative.
"Braddo"


It will give them something to do at the quieter stations Very Happy
  hot-axle-box Junior Train Controller


 Hopefully Ringwood, Caulfield, Kananook, Broadmeadows and Roxburgh Park won't be much longer.
"712M"


Kananook ! Ahahahaha are the PSO,s going to have some camping chairs under the ramp ? they'll have to kick out the ferals that are chroming there first. The PSO's could have had a great little office there but the powers that be ripped it out and replaced it with bus shelters.Rolling Eyes
  Yarsii Station Staff

Will PSO's be deployed to quiet stations such as
Tecoma and wattle glen on a full time basis? Is there much
need? How will they pass the time? And what about facilities?
  ChoooChoo Chief Train Controller

Will PSO's be deployed to quiet stations such as Tecoma and wattle glen on a full time basis? Is there much need? How will they pass the time? And what about facilities?
"Yarsii"


All stations as facilities are built
6pm to last train

...has been discussed before and in every media release about the topic


  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
Tecoma gets a lot more trouble than you'd think. Wattle Glen... well I'd hope the PSO's are avid readers of Tolstoy's works.
  MelbourneCity Chief Commissioner

Will PSO's be deployed to quiet stations such as Tecoma and wattle glen on a full time basis? Is there much need? How will they pass the time? And what about facilities?
"Yarsii"


Current Liberal party policy is for every metropolitan station to have atleast 2 PSOs on the platfroms from 6pm to last train. Some regional stations will also have PSOs, I assume Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, possibly Melton, Bacchus Marsh too.

Rollout is dependent on training and facilities. Full deployment requires 950 trained PSOs. They are not even at 10% yet.

Look forward to seeing them at stations such as Willison and Officer.
  VRcommando Junior Train Controller

Location: VOZ
Will PSO's be deployed to quiet stations such as Tecoma and wattle glen on a full time basis? Is there much need? How will they pass the time? And what about facilities?
"Yarsii"


Current Liberal party policy is for every metropolitan station to have atleast 2 PSOs on the platfroms from 6pm to last train. Some regional stations will also have PSOs, I assume Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, possibly Melton, Bacchus Marsh too.

Rollout is dependent on training and facilities. Full deployment requires 950 trained PSOs. They are not even at 10% yet.

Look forward to seeing them at stations such as Willison and Officer.
"MelbourneCity"


Don't forget Upwey and Diamond Creek. Might even see some at North Fitzroy and Galvin. 
  sunny_2day Locomotive Driver


Don't forget Upwey and Diamond Creek. Might even see some at North Fitzroy and Galvin. 
"VRcommando


Oh seeing two PSOs on a picnic rug at the former site of Galvin Station would be a pisser!

What would happen with stations that are under powered and don't have that many trains stopping there ie. Cardinia Road? Would they have to ensure full power is avaliable as well as toilets to justify the PSOs? (I dont know the current boarding figures but if you did your homework and timed your jpourney correctly you wouldn't be hanging arouund for ages waiting for your train to arrive and causing trouble).

And how will 2 PSOs work on Side platform stations e.g Yarraville? Will there be one on each side, or will they hang out on the 'busier' side and jump the tracks if people run a muck on the other platform?
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
As the PSO's are being trained in track awareness, do no, they won't just cross via the station pit -
which is the bit of tracks between the platforms.  And before we get the usual whingers in, for someone off the street, there's a stronger likelihood that they won't do something stupid if they're shown what to do.
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
Actually, Upwey isn't also the safest of stations.

Just because it's not served by frequent trains does not mean it gets no trouble.
  toshi Train Controller

Location: Heaven
Actually, Upwey isn't also the safest of stations. Just because it's not served by frequent trains does not mean it gets no trouble.
"Sir Thomas Bent"

 
What about S(cum)unshine? There's always dodgy stuff there (apart from the Kebabs), prime example being a pest yesterday morning who decided that screaming at a wee lass who I can only assume was his daughter for dropping his tobacco, was a viable option. Not acceptable, especially when I've a uni-induced hangover.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I would expect Sunshine would be on the priority list, as would Newport, Broadmeadows and Ringwood. Just a guess though.
  LamontCranston Chief Commissioner

Will PSO's be deployed to quiet stations such as Tecoma and wattle glen on a full time basis? Is there much need? How will they pass the time? And what about facilities?
"Yarsii"


All stations as facilities are built
6pm to last train

...has been discussed before and in every media release about the topic

"ChoooChoo"

Just wait until they're at stations like Officer!

Also the fear reported in that survey is a media beat up, I used to get the train on the Lilydale line all the time late at night and never experienced or witnessed anything out of the ordinary or dangerous.
Try this survey on for size: people who watch hours of sensational crime-orientated news report a greater belief in higher rates of crime than what actually exist.
  VRcommando Junior Train Controller

Location: VOZ
We really need a PSO on every corner of every street, which would be the natural & logical extension for this nanny state.  
  kapow Junior Train Controller
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
We really need a PSO on every corner of every street, which would be the natural & logical extension for this nanny state.  
"VRcommando"

Interesting report in this mornings 'Age, however as much as I'm not a fan of the Baillieu government, Peter Ryan, Police Minister/Deputy Premiers spokesperson summed this up in the last line of the article.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/low-crime-levels-raise-doubts-on-armed-officers-20120828-24yuj.html

A spokesman for Police Minister Peter Ryan said many passengers on the network were scared at night and they widely supported the policy.




It's easy to forget, or for those of us with no interest in politics, should realise that the Baillieu government picked up 5 seats from the Brumby administration along the Frankston corridor, which before the 2010 election had the perception of scrotes totally out of control particularly in the evenings, intimidating pax, and even putting on a show for the current affairs programs including ABC that went down the line to report on the said scrotes. 

The then Baillieu Opposition was on to an election winner with the PSO policy and it's being rolled out accordingly...


Mike.

  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
It's hard to believe South Yarra & Collingwood have had no "crimes against the person". The important thing to remember though is that most incidents probably aren't reported.

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