A MAN was arrested on Beach Street last week after police allegedly found an imitation firearm, knife, ammunition, and methylamphetamine on him.
A police statement read that at around 5.40pm, 14 April, a man was seen by Frankston protective service officers “acting suspiciously”. Police searched for the man and allegedly found the items.
The 30-year-old was arrested and charged with drug trafficking, possess drugs, prohibited person possess imitation firearm, possess controlled weapon, and possess ammunition. He has been remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 29 April.
The officers were working on Operation Shielding, which has seen police assign 160 PSOs and 80 police officers to commercial retail precincts each night.
Transit Safety Division Superintendent Alison Boyes said “we know seeing PSOs at train stations or on public transport gives people an overwhelming feeling of safety. More often than not, they are pivotal when it comes to apprehending persons of interest using the public transport network, or those wanted on warrants.
“We’re extremely glad our PSOs can assist during this uncertain time with instilling those same perceptions of safety to commercial areas and retail precincts that would otherwise be teeming with people.”