29 new Transperth transit officers on the beat after graduation

Rita Saffioti (front, third from right) with new and existing Transperth transit officers.
Rita Saffioti (front, third from right) with new and existing Transperth transit officers.

THE safety of public transport users will be boosted with 29 new Transperth transit officers joining the ranks yesterday.

A group of the most recent graduates from Transperth’s 12-week training course were at Cannington Train Station on Thursday to receive congratulations for their achievements ahead of their graduation ceremony later that night.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it had been a record intake for the program, with the 29 eventual graduates selected from more than 550 applicants.

She said each of the graduates had gone through a series of tests and training including legal education, defensive tactics and customer service skills.

“While ensuring the network is safe and comfortable for everyone is an incredibly important part of the role, around 95 per cent of the day-to-day work of transit officers is customer service,” she said.

“Transit officers are instrumental in protecting Transperth passengers while they travel, but the majority of their role involves answering questions, assisting people with purchasing tickets, and generally helping people use Transperth services all throughout the metropolitan area.

“I look forward to seeing these new staff out on the network, helping to keep our system safe and making passengers’ journeys easier and more enjoyable.”

Transperth’s network now includes more than 300 transit officers.

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