16:42 01 May 2018
CCTV cameras on Manchester’s Metrolink are now monitored 24/7 in a bid to prevent any more serious crimes and incidents of anti-social behaviour from taking place on the network. Greater Manchester Police is also providing extra patrols to improve passenger safety and security. The Greater Manchester Travelsafe Partnership (TSP), on the other hand, icontinues to bolster its team, including TravelSafe Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Sergeants and Inspectors.
The Deputy Mayor said: “The move to a 24 hours a day, seven days a week control centre is excellent news and I hope it offers additional reassurance to passengers by reinforcing the important point that public transport is a safe and secure way to travel.
“More TSP staff and officers are out on the transport network, particularly in the evenings and at weekends, complementing the vital work already underway which helps keep our communities safe.
“These measures send a clear message to those committing crime and antisocial behaviour on our transport network that we are always watching; we can and will respond immediately to apprehend those responsible.”
Chief Inspector Colette Rose from Greater Manchester Police heads the TravelSafe Partnership. She said: “We are working hard with our partners to ensure that the travel network is one that the public feel safe and secure using. The TravelSafe team ensure that appropriate patrols are in place in areas where we know there are issues with antisocial behaviour and we will continue develop a long term plan to reduce this crime.
“As a Partnership we actively work with schools where we deliver presentations on antisocial behaviour and its effects on the public and wider community. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to parents and ask that they appropriately educate their children about the consequences of their behaviour on others.”