Police operation to make trains safer

Operation Rolling Shield: Police are patrolling trains and buses to ensure public-transport safety.
Operation Rolling Shield: Police are patrolling trains and buses to ensure public-transport safety.

POLICE are targeting crime and bad behaviour on public transport through Operation Rolling Shield which began on Friday and continues every Friday and Saturday.

"Officers will be on services and at areas that require immediate police attention, including trains, buses, ferries and transport hubs," said NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn.

"Patrols will be intelligence-driven, meaning officers will be at locations identified as hotspots for either criminal activity or anti-social behaviour."

Police Minister and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said the government had a long-term plan to make public transport safer.

"We want those travelling on public transport to feel safe and secure," he said.

"Under Operation Rolling Shield, Police Transport Command officers will work with a number of police units, the State Transit Authority, Sydney Trains and the Taxi Council.

"We urge all members of the public to approach an officer if they feel unsafe or see suspicious activity."

Police Transport Command will deploy more than 400 officers, with 610 police officers patrolling public transport by the end of the year.

The introduction of the command and more extensive video security coverage has seen more than 5000 arrests, more than 9000 charges laid and more than 92,000 infringements issued since May 2012.

The Transport commander, Deputy Commissioner Max Mitchell, said the number of reported incidents on public transport had declined since then.

"Operation Rolling Shield will see a significant number of high-visibility and covert officers on and around public transport," he said.

Deputy Commissioner Burn said police would not always patrol the same areas. "Targeted areas will be fluid and change with need, as opposed to a fixed location set in stone," she said.

Anyone with any information about incidents on public transport should call Crime Stoppers.

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