Message from the Chief Commissioner

About Victoria Police

Protective Services Officers (PSOs)

Release date: Mon 20 February 2012

Last updated: Mon 5 January 2015

The Protective Services Unit (PSU) is Victoria Police's specialist provider of security services. The PSU was established following a 1986 security review and formally commenced operations on 1 May, 1988. A member of the Protective Services Unit is known as a Protective Services Officer (PSO).

PSOs (Security) 

PSOs have specific powers under several statutes that primarily cover areas where they are deployed, in addition to the legislated 'citizen arrest' authority. 

PSOs are appointed to the Protective Services Unit and are then assigned to any unit deployment or task, subject to operational needs, including the following areas:

  • Melbourne's Supreme Court, County Court, Children's Court and Magistrates' Court 
  • Suburban Magistrates Courts located at Dandenong, Frankston, Ringwood, Heidelberg, Broadmeadows and Sunshine 
  • Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal 
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet 
  • Victorian Department of Justice 
  • Parliament House Victoria 
  • Government House
  • The Shrine of Remembrance
  • Victoria Police Centre
  • Victoria Police St Kilda Road Complex

PSOs (Transit)

Protective Services Officers (PSOs) will make a difference and make people feel safer using public transport. PSOs will be based on the Victorian railway network and will be deployed to support the community and make Victorian railways safer for all users.

PSOs are focused on addressing incidents of anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug related offences, weapon offences, property damage and crimes against the person.

Government legislation ensures that Protective Services Officers (PSOs) have the necessary powers to reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour at train stations.

There are differences in terms of what PSOs will be able to do and what police can do. PSOs will be fully trained to apprehend, detain, remove or impede offenders at train stations and in the vicinity of the train station.

While on duty at train stations, PSOs have a number of powers which include:

  • Arrest and detain - including arrest for drunk and disorderly offences
  • Search people and property - and seize items such as weapons and alcohol
  • Issue on-the-spot fines - including for graffiti offences
  • Issue a direction to 'move on' from the area.

 


 


 
 
Top of Page
Victoria Police Centre 637 Flinders Street Melbourne 3005 | Ph 03 9247 6666 | Fax 03 9247 5727
Copyright © 2005 State of Victoria. All rights reserved.