Earlier this year in May the Victorian Parliament introduced the Justice Legislation Amendment (Protective Services Officers and Other Matters) Bill 2017 [VIC] (‘the Bill’). The Bill aims to increase and improve the function of police and protective services officers (PSOs) in the community, particularly on public transport, based on the Community Safety Statement 2017. The Bill has passed the House of Assembly, and is currently in the Legislative Council.
The new Bill proposes to support the Community Safety Statement 2017 (‘the Safety Statement’), and in particular it supports the priority of reducing harm to the community through the expansion of PSO powers. The report committed to install at least 100 extra PSOs to boost mobile patrols at train stations and other public places, which is a $62.3 million investment. The mobile patrols will be determined based on police intelligence about time, location and types of anti-social behaviour and crime across Victoria. The Government also noted in the report that it aims to free up police by expanding the functions of PSOs to optimise safety outcomes.
The key amendments proposed by the Bill are:
The Police Minister media release:that the new laws would better utilise PSO’s, giving them more flexibility and powers to cover a wider area of patrol. She said in a
She also noted the introduction of the new role of Supervising PCO:
The Law Institute of Victoria has expressed concern with the proposed changes, and a:
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Victorian Justice Legislation Amendment (Protective Services Officers and Other Matters) Bill 2017 [VIC] and second reading speeches, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
Elias Clure, ‘,’ (ABC News) 23 May 2017.
Premier of Victoria, Minister for Police, ‘,’ (media release) 23 May 2017.
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