New Manchester Travelsafe Unit launched
A new three-year pilot scheme aimed at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour on Greater Manchester’s bus and tram network has been launched with a dedicated team of 16 police constables, police community support officers, special constables and security personnel providing regular patrols on the region’s networks for the next three years.
Led by Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police, the Travelsafe Partnership will use crime and antisocial behaviour data from contributing operators – Metrolink RATP Dev, FirstBus and Stagecoach – to target patrols in hotspot areas at key times and support front line staff.
The scheme includes body-worn cameras which will be used in conjunction with existing public transport CCTV to help gather evidence for prosecutions.
Where appropriate, the partnership says it will seek to use legal powers to ban offenders from public transport and deliver restorative justice schemes following prosecution.
Chief superintendent John O’Hare says: “Everybody has the right to travel without the fear of crime and our aim through the Travelsafe Unit is to make people feel safe, deter criminality and effectively deal with any incidents that could affect public safety”.
Matt Davies, operations director, Stagecoach Manchester adds: “Safety is our number one priority and while instances of crime and antisocial behaviour on our buses are low TravelSafe will provide a reassuring presence for customers.
“We take our responsibility to the local community very seriously and believe that this pilot scheme will improve standards even further.”