More Senior Network Officers will patrol south-east Queensland’s public transport network as part of the Newman Government’s plan to keep Queenslanders safe.
Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the first of 18 new Senior Network Officers will be trained and deployed on the network by the end of the year.
“Our Government is working hard to revitalise front line services to ensure Queenslanders are safer and more secure,” Mr Newman said.
“By delivering a more efficient public transport network, we are able to invest in more security and safety for passengers.
“Last year we promised to double the number of officers on the network – a commitment we achieved. Today we are announcing an additional boost to bring the team to 70 officers.
“The new recruits are part of our strong plan to make this state the safest place to live, travel and raise a family.”
Mr Emerson said the number of bus driver assaults across the south-east Queensland network had decreased by 23 per cent since the LNP came to office.
“Through our proactive approach, we have cracked down on anti-social behaviour across public transport by conducting blitzes and increasing the number of Senior Network Officers,” Mr Emerson said.
“Senior Network Officers are highly trained in de-escalation techniques and have extended powers which include the authority to detain and search people where necessary.”
Senior Network Officers undertake an intensive eight-week training course prior to deployment covering legislative powers, tactical and physical training and conflict management as well as personal criminal history checks, psychometric testing, and a medical and mental fitness examination.
Senior Network Officers join the Police Railway Squad, busway safety officers, mobile dog patrols and contracted security guards to deter anti-social behaviour across the network. In addition, there are more than 8000 CCTV cameras and a dedicated 24-hour security monitoring facility.