05 April 2012
Protective Services Officers: know your rights
Did you know Protective Services Officers are now patrolling city train stations? Find out more about your rights at the RMIT Student Legal Service.
To improve safety on public transport, Protective Services Officers (PSOs) have started patrolling city train stations from 6 pm until the last train.
PSOs have similar powers to police at train stations as well as nearby car parks, roads, footpaths, and bus and taxi ranks. They can:
> issue fines
> conduct on-the-spot searches
> arrest you, move you along or detain you until police arrive
> ask for your name and address as they conduct these tasks.
If you have a complaint about a PSO or if you are fined or charged by a PSO, you can contact the RMIT Student Legal Service for free legal advice.