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Security Ramped Up Around Melbourne Ahead Of The Aus Open

Protective Services Officers will patrol moving trams for the first time as part of security arrangements for the Australian Open that starts in Melbourne next week.

Police will be deployed in streets and at public transport hubs across the Melbourne CBD, Yarra and surrounding areas, so thousands of tennis fans flocking from across the world can enjoy the event safely.

More than 20 PSOs will be deployed daily on CBD and tennis-bound tram routes, at tram stops and Flinders Street and Richmond stations from 7am until after midnight, during the tournament, Assistant Commissioner Deb Abbott said.

Increased security during the January 14 to 27 tournament will also see uniform and undercover police patrolling the public and corporate spaces of Melbourne Park.

"But, if you're thinking about coming into the city or to the tennis to cause trouble, don't bother," Ms Abbott said.

"Police will swiftly respond to ensure people are arrested, evicted and held to account for their actions."

More police will be on the roads to also nab drink and drug drivers.


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