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Extended use of PSOs in emergencies

The Victoria Police Act makes it clear that protective services officers may be deployed somewhere that is declared an emergency area.

From 2 December 2020 the Victoria Police Act makes it clear that Protective Services Officers may be deployed to an emergency area if a state of emergency, state of disaster or particular area is declared an emergency area. Under these circumstances, PSOs have the same powers and duties they have if working in a designated place, plus any other duties that are delegated to them by the Chief Commissioner of Police. These additional powers last for the duration of the disaster or emergency declaration.

See ss. 37 (b), 52—Victoria Police Act 2013 (Vic)(opens in a new window).