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The now $232 million plan was first promised by the Baillieu opposition before the last election and played a significant role in it winning office. Under the plan, PSOs will be overseen by police. They will have the power to arrest and detain offenders in the vicinity of a train station until police arrive, and pursue offenders out of a station or onto a train. PSOs can also be deployed as a large-scale rapid response team if ordered by police.
The first PSOs will start their 12-week training course in November at the Police Academy in Glen Waverley and be on duty by February, with 93 expected to be working across inner-city stations by July 1 next year.
By the state election in November 2014, Victoria Police must have 940 of the officers deployed in pairs at every nominated station to meet the Baillieu government's target.
But the prospect of two armed guards on every Melbourne rail station after 6pm has, for some, revived bad memories of the 1980s and early '90s, when Victoria Police shot dead more than twice as many people as forces in all other Australian jurisdictions combined.
While the government says the scheme will improve the safety of previously unguarded stations at night, critics say it is nothing less than the militarisation of the entire train network.
Organisations such as Liberty Victoria and the Law Institute of Victoria have criticised the plan, saying the policy is highly flawed and arming officers after training them for just three months is a recipe for disaster.
Originally posted by Flint2011
Are things that bad on the trains there for my Aussie brothers and sisters? Why would they ramp up so much security/enforcement? Were people complaining and being victimized a great deal?
Originally posted by Raivan31
reply to post by posthuman
The issue with Melbourne is that it has a history of particuly violent 'organised' style crime. Having said that so does Sydney and Bris-vegas is on it's way there too.
The well trained police in victoria already do a pretty effective job of murdering people without a horde of poorly trained, gun toting rent-a-cops being added to the mix.
Perhaps the victorian authorities have decided that the best way to deal with organised crime is to create their own hard-line mafia consisting of armed mercenaries.
I'm in Adelaide so I hope it doesn't bleed over the border!
Originally posted by sunsetatdawn
reply to post by posthuman
Okay, my older kids are 15, 18 & 20. Used the Belgrave & Lilydale lines. The eldest two now have their licence so no longer use the train.
I don't know where you come off with your attitude, calling me comrade. Is it wrong for me to think innocent people have the right to safety on our public transport system?
If your not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.