Suburban Commuters Wait Longer For Promised PSOs

Posted on 16. May, 2012 in News

Suburban commuters will be waiting much longer for Protective Service Officers to patrol their local station with just 18 graduating recruits to be rolled out this week, Acting Shadow Minister for Police James Merlino said today.

The Baillieu Government promised to deliver 93 of its 940 PSOs to train stations by 30 June this year, but with less than two months until the deadline just 36 officers have graduated.

“The Baillieu Government’s troubled PSO policy has fallen even further behind schedule and it is commuters using suburban stations that will be impacted by the delay,” Mr Merlino said.

“The Police Minister, Peter Ryan, had to admit he couldn’t meet his initial target of 235 PSOs patrolling stations by July 1 this year. He has subsequently conceded he won’t meet his revised target of just 93 officers.

“How long will commuters at suburban stations have to wait before the Baillieu Government delivers on its promise?

“Or will Mr Ryan now admit his Government will fail to provide two PSOs patrolling every train station by 2014?

“It’s time this Minister outlines to commuters exactly when their stations will be patrolled by PSOs.”

Costs to the program have also blown out with the State Budget showing that the Government has already spent up to $380 million on the program.

Mr Merlino said Mr Ryan had also failed to rule out further blowouts to the cost of the troubled program.

“Despite the slow recruitment of PSOs, the total cost of the policy has already doubled in just 18 months,” Mr Merlino said.

“And according the Minister himself there is no end in sight.

“The Government’s handling of the PSO rollout has been a shambles and no-one knows just how much the final cost will be or when it will be complete.

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