Prosecution rates for Assaults on LU Employees

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


According to your latest available data what are the rates of prosecution for assaults on LU employees over the last 2 years?


Answer for Prosecution rates for Assaults on LU Employees

Answer for Prosecution rates for Assaults on LU Employees

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Investigation of incidents, including arrests and decisions to prosecute, is undertaken by the British Transport Police (BTP).

TfL, where appropriate, provides support and legal assistance to employees involved in court action arising from incidents of workplace violence. A joint London Underground/British Transport Police Workplace Violence Unit is in place to make sure this happens.

There are more than 2,500 police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who, with the assistance of more than 12,000 CCTV cameras on the Tube, have secured convictions or other successful outcomes in around 90 per cent of cases that are 'detected' (i.e. have resulted in a sanctioned outcome (such as arrested and charged to court).

Rates of arrest and prosecution for incidents of workplace violence against staff recorded by BTP are as follows:

  Per cent of BTP-recorded incidents leading to an arrest Per cent of BTP-recorded incidents leading to a sanctioned outcome
2012/13 60.2 53.4
2013/14 58.5 52.7

 Not every incident recorded by London Underground is automatically recorded by the BTP as an offence involving workplace violence against staff. That may be because the BTP does not consider an offence against a member of staff to have been committed in law, or because the member of staff declines to report it to police. Therefore the figures provided above cannot be directly compared to those provided in the answers to MQs 2015 /0718, 2015 /0719 and 2015 /0721. A small number of cases that are detected by BTP are not taken forward for prosecution by the Crown Prosecution Service.