Keep­ing vig­i­lant as well as vis­i­ble

Po­lice op­er­a­tion to keep train travel safe

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

PO­LICE have adopted new tac­tics to de­tect crime and ter­ror­ist threats on the rail net­works.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice have said their new tac­tics aim to ‘de­ter, de­tect and dis­rupt crime’ by us­ing uni­formed and plain clothes of­fi­cers to pa­trol more fre­quently.

Test­ing ‘Project Ser­va­tor’ at ma­jor sta­tions such as Padding­ton, Water­loo and Eus­ton in Septem­ber has re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse from over 700 peo­ple, who took part in the sur­vey ask­ing com­muters if they felt safer.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Steve Thomas said: “For mem­bers of the pub­lic, this could mean you see a highly vis­i­ble pres­ence of of­fi­cers at your sta­tion more of­ten.

“We will turn up unan­nounced at rail­way sta­tions to carry out pa­trols. The key to de­ter­ring, de­tect­ing and dis­rupt­ing crime on the net­work is making our de­ploy­ments un­pre­dictable.”

Those trav­el­ling are urged to also help BTP by re­main­ing alert, say­ing it should be 300,000 ex­tra pairs of eyes for the force.

“You can play a vi­tal role by be­ing vig­i­lant when you are trav­el­ling and re­port­ing any­thing that doesn’t feel right, for ex­am­ple an unat­tended item or some­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously”, said ACC Thomas.

Other crimes such as pick­pock­et­ing and theft are also be­ing mon­i­tored with the new tac­tics, with po­lice dogs and a net­work of CCTV cam­eras in­tro­duced to as­sist the po­lice.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Lord Tariq Ah­mad said: “Our fore­most pri­or­ity is the safety of the Bri­tish pub­lic. Th­ese new high vis­i­bil­ity po­lice pa­trols will pro­vide se­cu­rity and re­as­sur­ance for all trav­ellers.

“Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice and rail­way staff play a vi­tal role in pre­vent­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity on the net­work and it is im­por­tant we work to­gether to en­sure se­cu­rity mea­sures across the net­work are up to date.”

Call 999 in an emer­gency or the anti-ter­ror­ist hot­line on 0800 789 321.

Bruno Vin­cent

n PA­TROLS: Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice will turn up unan­nounced at rail­way sta­tions to ‘de­ter, de­tect and dis­rupt’ crime

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