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17
Oct
2018

Make Victoria Safe: More PSOs for Mentone 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 Mentone 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 Mentone.

Crime data obtained from the Crime Statistics Agency reveals a surge in threatening behaviour crime in Mentone since Daniel Andrews was elected with an increase of 133% and a 38% increase in common assault.

As one of the busiest stations on the metropolitan network, having PSOs at Mentone Station during daytime hours will deter and prevent crime and help ensure commuters can travel in safety.

This announcement follows a campaign by local schools who are concerned about student safety on the station during the after school rush.

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 Liberal Nationals Government will make Victoria safer.

We are going to put more police on the beat and more PSOs at train stations like Mentone Railway Station.

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.

That’s why our policy is more frontline police, more PSOs, tougher sentences and to make bail and parole harder to get.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Sandringham, Brad Rowswell:

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

This announcement follows a campaign by local schools who are concerned about student safety on the station during the after school rush.

Mentone and surrounding suburbs have about 6000 students enrolled in local schools and more students transit through Mentone railway station then Flinders Street Station during the afternoon peak.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Mordialloc, Geoff Gledhill:

“Local residents and schools students using Mentone Station day or night deserve to feel and to be safe but from the Andrews Labor Government all they get is excuses and the blame game.

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

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