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GUN-toting railway guards have spent much of their first six weeks on the job dealing with drunks.
Since stepping out at Flinders St and Southern Cross stations on February 22, the first batch of 18 protective service officers has made 70 arrests.
Police said most of these were for public drunkenness and outstanding warrants.
Statistics seen by the Herald Sun also show PSOs have issued 550 infringement notices for offences ranging from smoking to using indecent language and inappropriate conduct.
Transit Police officers have been accompanying PSOs during their initial deployment, and Supt Phil Green said he was pleased with their progress.
"We look forward to the roll-out of additional PSOs," he said.
The plan is part of a Baillieu Government commitment to deploy more than 940 armed guards at Melbourne stations by 2014. Richmond, North Melbourne and Footscray are next in line.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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