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£1.36 million top-up for British Transport Police


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Department for Transport

£1.36 million top-up for British Transport Police
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date
2 Jul 2002 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



Additional Government funding of £1.36million for British Transport Police in London will support the co-ordinated fight against street crime, the Home Office and Department for Transport announced today.

Around 2,250 robberies in the capital every year are committed on and around tubes and trains. This additional money will enable BTP to boost their operations while working closely with the Metropolitan police, providing for up to 15 officers for a dedicated street crime task force; improved IT facilities including maximising use of CCTV; and buy extra vehicles, including unmarked police cars, observation vans and surveillance vehicles.

Home Secretary David Blunkett said:

"This funding boost, together with the Mayor's investment in the new Transport Policing Unit, will help to make London's transport system safer for Londoners.

"British Transport Police are already working closely with the Metropolitan police on the Safer Streets initiative, which has made encouraging progress with street crime in London at its lowest levels for 13 months. Building on this co-operation, this will ensure offenders cannot evade justice by hopping on a tube or train.

"Passengers can often be targeted when leaving a station. This will help BTP step up their operations on and around transport, targeting stations and their car parks, station approaches and concourses as well as actually on tubes and trains.

"I also welcome the Mayor's announcement today, following a successful pilot scheme, to increase policing on key bus routes.

"This extra investment will go some way towards giving London a transport system fit for the twenty first century that people feel safe enough to use. I hope these new plans will have the backing of London's communities to get thugs off buses, tubes and trains."

John Spellar, Minister for Transport added:

"These funds will add significant and dedicated resources to the BTP's fight against street crime in London. London Underground and the major railway stations are a focus for street crime and it is important that the BTP, working closely with the Metropolitan Police, have the resources they need to make our trains and stations safer."

Welcoming the proposal, Ian Johnston, Chief Constable of the BTP said:

"It is of massive importance that British Transport Police, in line with other forces, receives the right level of funding to deal with this type of crime. I am delighted that this recognises the role that the BTP play in combating robbery and violent crime. It is good news for the people who live, work and travel in London. I am convinced that the right level of funding will allow the BTP to continue its intention to keep the railways safe and free from the fear of crime."

Notes for Editors:

1. The British Transport Police ("BTP") is the national police force for the railways, including the London Underground, the Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink and other metro systems.

2. BTP officers have jurisdiction on the railways and to deal with railways matters. They can now also act outside their railways jurisdiction when requested to assist in an incident by an officer of another force, or in an emergency.

3. The £1.36 million comes partly from the Department for Transport and partly from the £67million package for tackling street crime announced by the Home Office following the Budget.

Press Enquires: 020 7944 3108 Out of Hours: 020 7944 4292 E-mail: press@odpm-dft.gov.uk Public Enquiries: 020 7944 3000 Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk



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