- Existing public transport security measures are the most efficient and cost effective
- Security presence is best provided by Transit Officers and contract security firms
An independent study has found that security on Perth’s public transport system should continue to be provided and managed by the Public Transport Authority (PTA), working in partnership with the WA Police (WAPOL).
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the KPMG study, commissioned by the State Government, reviewed the PTA’s security functions and resources, and the role of police in public transport security, and specifically considered how WAPOL would provide transport security if the responsibility was transferred.
“The study found that the current public transport security arrangements should be maintained, given they were the most efficient, in terms of the level of service provided to the travelling public, and cost-effective,” Mr Buswell said.
“It confirmed that Perth’s public transport security presence is best provided by Transit Officers and contract security firms, noting that the public wants to have a dedicated security presence on public transport.
“It’s important to point out the study also highlighted the importance of WAPOL’s Police Transport Division in providing a visible, uniformed policing presence across the rail network.”
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the study highlighted that Police have an overarching requirement to respond to community law and order issues, rather than focusing specific assets on public transport stations, buses and trains.
“While WAPOL supports the importance of public safety and customer perceptions of safety and confidence in the transport network, its primary focus is the detection and prevention of crime,” Mr Johnson said.
“The focus of WAPOL is on the entire community, and it could not commit to providing station-based security on the bus or train network or dedicated security on all train lines.”
In terms of resources (police, transport FTEs and contractors), the study found that Western Australia had from 2.2 to 2.6 times more security personnel per passenger journey than was the case in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
“We have achieved some good results in terms of passenger safety and security this year, and the findings of the KPMG study confirm the Liberal-National Government’s ongoing commitment to provide a safe public transport system,” Mr Buswell said.
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