Boris Johnson yesterday announced that he would provide funding for an additional 50 British Transport Police officers to patrol trains and stations in outer London.
The funding will come from Transport for London who already fund BTP officers at London Underground and Overground stations.
TfL will spend more than £6m over two years to provide the officers at non-TfL rail services in outer London.
The new officers should be deployed from early 2009 and will work alongside officers on the London Underground and Overground services as well as the TfL funded Metropolitan Police Service Safer Transport Teams, Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) and local borough Safer Neighbourhood policing teams.
Mr Johnson commented: “Alongside other additional police teams that we are funding – including the new transport hub teams that have been achieving fantastic initial results – these new officers help to underline our commitment to tackling antisocial behaviour and crime, and ensuring Londoners can go about their business with a feeling of safety and security.”