Who/ or what are AO'S - Are they the same as Transit Police?
Similar. It's short for Authorised Officer.
They seem to engender the same amount of mindless abuse from people in Victoria that Transit Police get in NSW.
Ours are called Transit Officers, and they're apparently being relegated to the role of revenue protection only, with the security function being taken over by a unit of the state police. Transits cop an unbelievable level of abuse from people with problems with authority, and their job is shockingly thankless. I will not, however, vent my opinions on how things are structured in NSW as this isn't the thread for it.
It's not hard to comply and make things easy, but there will always be the types who have problems with any kind of authority and will consistently pick fights with officers. There will also be the types to cause trouble on forums, and dare I say that these two types overlap to an extent.