Trains in Bendigo will get PSOs

VICTORIA Police are searching for protective services officers (PSOs) to work at stations in country Victoria.

Bendigo is expected to have protective services officers by the end of next year.

The officers will engage with the community, deal with anti-social behaviour, property damage and drug and alcohol offences that occur at Bendigo Railway Station and nearby areas from 6pm until the last train every day. 

Victoria Police recruitment Inspector Kathryn Rudkins said police would recruit 940 protective services officers and an additional 1700 police members by November 2014.

“Being a protective services officer is a great way to protect and serve the community,” she said.

 “It’s all about bringing safety and comfort to members of the public utilising our rail network.”

By the end of the roll out, PSOs will be deployed to 216 stations across the Victorian rail network, including Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Traralgon.

Inspector Rudkins said people who were interested in joining Victoria Police as a protective services officer should come along to an information session at the La Trobe Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon on Thursday December 19.

“Information sessions are a great tool for people who are contemplating a career with Victoria Police,” she said.

“Qualified protective services officers will conduct the information sessions.

“There are always opportunities to not only ask the officers questions, but also hear real stories from people who have worked on train platforms across Melbourne.

“The sessions are completely commitment free and there is no cost associated with attending one.”

The session will serve as an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the PSO program and what a career as a PSO entails.

The session will be held from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

For more information visit www.policecareer.vic.gov.au

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