PSOs are recruited, trained and employed by Victoria Police, and work within the Protective Services Division.
PSOs have performed general security at various official locations for many years, including at Law Courts, Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance.
The role now includes providing specialist protective services for the general public at metropolitan and major regional railway stations from 6.00pm until the last train of the evening, seven days a week.
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 (infringement notices) - including for graffiti offences
• Issue a direction to 'move on' from the area.