Transport Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2362
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that the Conservative Group alternative budget provided resources for the recruitment of 600 additional warranted police officers to patrol the transport network, can you advise why you are providing funding for PCSOs instead of fully warranted officers?

Answer

Answer for Transport Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Answer for Transport Safer Neighbourhood Teams

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My commitment to providing additional police resources to increase levels of visibility and reassurance in London is evident through investment in Safer Neighbourhoods. Since 2000, my budget has helped fund an additional 5,856 police officers and introduced 2,589 PCSOs since October 2002 the majority of which are engaged in neighbourhood policing.The principal role of PCSOs working on the Safer Transport Teams is to engage and support neighbourhood policing and will provide a dedicated, high visibility presence at key transport locations in areas of London, which have previously received limited attention from the TOCU. All transport PCSOs will have the full back up and support and receive supervision and management of MPS warranted officers. These PCSOs will work to the same principles as current Safer Neighbourhoods teams and therefore be ring fenced from abstractions. I am convinced that this model will meet the need for visibility and reassurance on public transport in London and deliver real benefits to the travelling public.