The Baillieu Government’s flagship policy to place Protective Service Officers (PSOs) at every suburban station after dark is in complete disarray.
Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP, said commuters using the Williamstown and Altona lines are missing out because the Baillieu Government has bungled the roll out of what was considered its flagship law and order policy.
Mr Noonan said Protective Service Officers cannot be deployed at local stations after dark because the Baillieu Government has failed to develop the details of the policy and invest in crucial facilities such as toilets and detention facilities.
“The Government said PSOs would be deployed to stations where they were needed most, but Victoria Police can’t do this because most suburban stations don’t have the proper facilities,” Mr Noonan said.
“Instead, the PSOs are being sent to inner city stations that are already policed and staffed until the last train service each day.
“When will the Baillieu Government start upgrading stations so that PSOs can begin duty in the areas where most commuters actually get off trains after dark?
Mr Noonan said the entire PSO policy was unravelling, with the recruitment process well behind schedule.
“With the current rate of recruitment, it will take nearly 60 years to fill all 940 PSO positions that the Baillieu Government promised before the 2010 election,” Mr Noonan said.
“Mr Baillieu needs to start being honest with local commuters and outline when the stations on the Williamstown and Altona lines will see PSOs patrolling the platforms as promised.”
Mr Noonan said the PSO policy shambles was indicative of the Baillieu Government’s performance since it was elected in 2010.
“The Baillieu Government said they would fix the problems, but the reality is they are making things worse.”