The first Protective Service Officers started duty tonight at Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations. They may not be the best solution to public transport security, but I’m sure passengers will welcome them, and wish them luck.
Yes, PSOs get less training than police. That’s because they have more restricted powers (limited to railway stations and surrounds), and more restricted duties (they’re not going to go and investigate burglaries, for example).
But something their training should include — especially if they’re going to keep commuters on-side — is to stand on the left of the escalators.