Posts Tagged ‘Victoria Police’

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

Police fining nuffy drivers on Swanston Street

I’ve written about Melbourne’s clueless drivers before, especially their obsession with driving through Swanston Street’s tram stops and the Bourke Street Mall, but now I fear the apocalypse is near – I recently saw Victoria Police doing something about it.

Sign of the apocalypse - Victoria Police pull over a car that drove through a Swanston Street tram stop

Cross-border vehicle registration capers

Come the first of January 2014, Victorians will no longer need to affix registration labels to their car windscreens – VicRoads is finally abolishing them. We aren’t the first state to do, which presented some troubles when neighbouring South Australia did away with them in 2012…

Holden Commodore station wagon for the VicRoads