Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


In practice, how will the additional 375 PCSOs proposed by the Mayor to patrol the outer London Boroughs work together with TfL?


Answer for PCSO's

Answer for PCSO's

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

The Safer Transport initiative ensures a partnership approach to tackling crime and disorder and the fear of crime on and around the transport network. Borough based Safer Transport Teams (STT) work closely with TfL, the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) and the British Transport Police (BTP).

The STT will be pan-modal and tackle local transport crime and disorder priorities identified by TfL, police partners, transport operators and those who use and work on London's transport networks. The likely locations include transport interchanges, bus stations, schools and other identified hotspots. Deployments will be agreed at regular intelligence-led tasking meetings and TfL will play a key role in these meetings. Work will be co-ordinated with TOCU and BTP policing activity.

TfL intends to establish a monthly performance management system to oversee the work of the STT similar to that successfully introduced within L Area of the BTP. The initiative will be overseen by a joint MPS and TfL Advisory Committee. Joint Transport Action Groups, consisting of representatives from the police, TfL and the wider transport community, will oversee the teams on a regional basis.

The STT will work closely with existing transport police and local police teams further enhancing integration. This will provide real benefits for passengers across the whole journey and for the local communities that TfL operates in.