Ken Livingstone has offered to fund an extra 375 Police Community Support Officers to patrol the transport network over the next two years.
The offer, made jointly to Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service, means the CSO’s would be deployed in mobile “transport teams” in suburban areas and could be deployed to areas identified as ‘hot spots’ by intelligence gathered by Transport for London and the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU).
Announcing his proposal the Mayor said he was proposing an additional investment of “£7.5 million to expand the number of visible uniformed officers on London’s transport system. These officers, based in suburban areas, will make a real difference to people living or working in outer London.”
Livingstone added that “uniformed officers patrolling the transport system is the key to deter criminals and reassure passengers.”