PROTECTIVE services officers will be deployed to Glen Waverley station as part of a $1.8 million revamp of the transport hub announced by the state government last Tuesday.
But the date of their arrival remains uncertain.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder was unable to say when the first officers would be deployed in Glen Waverley as part of the station's rejuvenation.
"That is a matter for the Victoria Police," Mr Mulder said. "They roll those out based on the information [and] the intelligence they have in relation to the number of incidents . . . that occur around particular locations."
Mr Mulder also ruled out any plans for a grade separation at the Clayton level crossing, which has been a constant thorn in the side of commuters and traders.
He acknowledged that the crossing suffered from congestion and safety issues but refused to commit to any action.
"You'd have to wait for us to make further announcements in terms of what we intend to do with grade separation projects," he said. "I can't give you a commitment on that today."
The presence of PSOs at Glen Waverley is part of an election promise by the Baillieu government to have the officers at every metropolitan train station and major regional centres from 6pm until the last train.
To date, the government has recruited 259 officers of their target of 940.
PSOs have the power to arrest people who are drunk, conduct searches for weapons and detain people that they believe are a danger to others.
"People who are travelling on the public transport system value the service that they provide," Mr Mulder said. "They have been very successful in curbing crime rates on the railway stations where they've been deployed."
Metro Trains chief executive Andrew Lezala said the officers were well-liked by commuters.
"We're supporting the police and the minister and the department in getting these facilities in place so that we can make sure that as soon as the PSOs are available, they can be on the stations."