Extra transport safety boost on public transport

29/10/2014
 

 

SEATH HOLSWICH MP – STATE MEMBER FOR PINE RIVERS

 

TREVOR RUTHENBERG MP – STATE MEMBER FOR KALLANGUR

 

 

 

Extra transport safety boost on public transport

 

Passengers travelling by bus and train around Brisbane North will benefit from extra security thanks to a boost from the Queensland Government.

 

Trevor Ruthenberg, Member for Kallangur said 18 Senior Network Officers will be trained and deployed across the SEQ network by mid-2015.

 

“The Northern region* is a safer place to catch public transport under the LNP with 25% decrease in the number of assaults since 2012.” he said

 

“This extra security boost is part of our strong plan to make this state the safest place to live, travel and raise a family and is a result of the proactive policies we have introduced.

 

“The boost to staff will mean by 2015, 70 Senior Network Officers will be across the SEQ network protecting passengers.

 

Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich said “The additional staff numbers are a result of our promise to double the number of officers on the network – a commitment we achieved this year.”

 

 “With a proactive approach we have cracked down on anti-social behaviour across public transport,” he said.

 

“SNOs are highly trained in de-escalation techniques and have extended powers which include the authority to detain and search people where necessary.”

 

The officers undertake an eight-week training course covering tactical and physical training and conflict management

 

SNOs join the QPS Railway Squad, bus-way safety officers, dog patrols and contracted security guards who work to deter anti-social behaviour.

 

 

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29 October 2014

 

Contact:         Seath Holswich                       3205 6779

                        Trevor Ruthenberg                 3491 8800