Monday 21st Oct, 2019

WA transit officers recognised with National Medals

Photo: Rita Saffioti / Twitter

Some of WA’s longest-serving transit officers have been awarded a National Medal to recognise their service to the community.

WA Public Transport Authority (PTA) officers who have a continuous service period of 15 or more years are now eligible to received the National Medal, which is presented to operational staff who protect the community at the risk of death, injury or trauma – including to members of the Australian Defence Force, Australian police services, fire services, ambulance services and corrective services.

This level of recognition had previously not been bestowed upon transit officers, but on September 13, 33 of PTA’s transit officers were presented with the award.

“Transit officers play a critical role in keeping public transport passengers safe, so it is great to see them recognised at a national level” WA transport minister Rita Saffioti said.

“I congratulate each and every one of them for their dedication to the community, in what can at times be a very challenging role. Transit officers continue to be the PTA’s most valuable resource when it comes to the safety and security of all public transport users.”

Many transit officers have had careers in the police, military or other services, and their eligibility period may cross over multiple roles.

Included in the 33 officers receiving the National Medal are seven who are eligible for a medal clasp in recognition of a further 10 years of service.

In total, PTA has 350 transit officers, transit supervisors and shift commanders tasked with keeping the network safe.

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