Se­cu­rity beefed up for Aus­tralian Open

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight - SJA Jafri Bureau Chief Aus­tralia

MEL­BOURNE: Ex­tra se­cu­rity mea­sures and pa­trols will be in place in time for the first ball to be served at the Aus­tralian Open on Mon­day.

It's the first time Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Of­fi­cers will be sta­tioned on Mel­bourne trams as part of ex­tra se­cu­rity mea­sures for the Aus­tralian Open.

More than 20 PSOs will get on board routes to and from the ten­nis from 7am un­til mid­night each day of the tour­na­ment.

“This is about mak­ing sure we've got PSOs giv­ing re­as­sur­ance, able to dis­rupt any crimes, stop anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and really make sure that ev­ery­one gets an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy this fan­tas­tic time in Mel­bourne,” Po­lice Min­is­ter Lisa Neville said to­day.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Deb Ab­bott re­in­forced that PSOs have ar­rest pow­ers to deal with any out-of-or­der be­hav­iour.

“They can ar­rest peo­ple and they can also then call up ad­di­tional po­lice to sup­port the­mand to make sure that we deal with any crim­i­nal of­fences and an­ti­so­cial of­fences,” Ab­bott said.

“It's a big surge in re­sources around, not only the event it­self but in the CBD and in Rich­mond,” Ab­bott said.

Ten­nis-go­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to get on board pub­lic trans­port with road clo­sures, de­lays and lim­ited park­ing ex­pected to cause de­lays around Mel­bourne Park from Mon­day.

Last year a prom­i­nent physi­cian from Penn­syl­va­nia was knocked un­con­scious dur­ing a se­ri­ous as­sault when he was walk­ing back to his ho­tel from Mel­bourne Park with his son.

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