Posts Tagged ‘Protective Services Officers’

Protective Services Officer propaganda in the leadup to the 2018 state election

The leadup to the 2018 state election has started, with law and order looking to be one of the main fronts that the Liberal opposition will use attack the Andrew’s Labor Government. Their solution – covering every railway station in Melbourne with advertising for Protective Services Officers. ‘See you at 6pm’ and ‘Safety you can […]

Level crossing removals trigger flying pigs

A few years ago removing Melbourne’s level crossings might have seemed like a “when pigs fly” idea, but today it is coming true – just with miniature police stations taking to the air, not pigs.

Piling rig and mobile crane in place on the western side of the St Albans work site

Protective Services Officers – towards a surveillance state?

When the promise was made to post two Protective Services Officers to every railway station in Melbourne, the intent was to make passengers feel safe at night time. So why are PSOs now turning into glorified parking inspectors?

 Protective Services Officers search two scruffy looking youths at Hoppers Crossing station

What is inside a PSO pod?

Have you ever wondered what lurks inside the blue and white buildings that have appeared at most railway stations across Melbourne? They are used by Protective Services Officers once they start duty at 6 PM every night, and cost a shitload of money to build.

Completed Baillieu Box at Newmarket station

Tracking the Protective Services Officers rollout

Since 2012 the Victorian Liberal Government has been deploying Protective Services Officers to railway stations across the Melbourne suburban network, and as of this week we have a total of 682 PSOs patrolling 104 Melbourne railway stations – or so says the self congratulatory media release. But how are they actually tracking?

Three PSOs and a police officer on the beat at Southern Cross Station