Ten new graduate Senior Network Officers have joined the team and will continue to target fare evasion and anti-social behaviour on south east Queensland’s public transport network.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Newman Government was on target to double the number of officers tackling anti-social behaviour and fare evasion on public transport.
“There is no excuse for people dodging the system and not paying the correct fare,” Mr Emerson said.
“We are boosting front-line services as promised at the election and if you do the wrong thing you will be caught.
“On Friday we welcomed 10 more Senior Network Officers bringing our total force to 44 putting us on track to meet our target of 56 officers by July this year.”
Mr Emerson said Senior Network Officers regularly conducted blitzes at hot spots across the network.
“All officers are subjected to an intensive recruitment process including stringent screening and rigorous training to ensure they are suitable for the job,” he said.
“They work alongside TransLink Transit Officers, Queensland Police Rail Squad and security staff to deter anti-social behaviour and make the public transport network a safer environment for all passengers.”
Senior Network Officers are highly trained staff who have extended powers under the Transport Operations (passenger transport) Act 1994, including the authority to detain and search persons where necessary.