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


How have TOCU's initiatives in the last year benefited Wandsworth and Merton and are there plans to expand initiatives in this area? .


Answer for TOCU

Answer for TOCU

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

As you will be aware, the unique partnership between TfL and the Metropolitan Police currently provides for policing and enforcement services by the TOCU on key bus corridors across London. Of these, TOCU route corridors 28/328 and 220 pass through Wandsworth. There are currently no TOCU corridors which pass through Merton.However, both Wandsworth and Merton have benefited from other targeted TOCU operations. The TOCU has been working in partnership with other agencies in both Wandsworth and Merton focussing on crime and disorder on the bus network and illegal taxi touting.Since 10 June 2002, when the TOCU began operation, 91 arrests have been made in Wandsworth and 43 in Merton for a variety of offenceThe TOCU continues to respond to issues that occur away from the key corridors and are providing a visible police presence in Wandsworth, Merton and other London Boroughs. These deployments will continue to be intelligence led and on a priority basis. .