Operation Solstice

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Meg Hillier
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Will you support the extension of Operation Solstice to Walthamstow Central station? .


Answer for Operation Solstice

Answer for Operation Solstice

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

Operation Solstice was a successful six day multi agency operation that took place in the first week of December. Led by the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU), it focussed on high visibility policing and the detection of travelling and known transport criminals. The high profile operation involved the TOCU, Borough MPS officers, the British Transport Police and TfL officers. TfL /MPS intelligence information identified six key hotspots around London which were to be targeted as part of the operation - Harlesden and Willesden Junction, Hackney Central, Victoria, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush, Lewisham, and Euston and Kings Cross. The operation led to 201 arrests being made for a variety of offences including drugs, theft and deception. To date, Operation Solstice was the largest transport focussed operation of its type.The TOCU plan to run similar targeted joint operations within the next few months and intelligence analysis will again be used to identify crime and disorder hotspots and those areas that will provide the best return on investment of the resources deployed. The decision on the scope of the next Solstice type operation would depend on intelligence at the time, which itself will determine the areas that are selected (as per the Home Office National Intelligence Model).Walthamstow Central will however continue to benefit from the TOCU's flexible, area-based approach allowing intelligence led deployment of TOCU officers and targeting of TOCU operations at priority locations across London. .