A new Metropolitan Police command has been created to focus on London’s roads, bus network and other surface transport services.
The new Metropolitan Police Service Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) will comprise more than 2,300 police and police community support officers, making it the largest police command in the UK. 68% of the funding for the RTPC will be provided by TfL.
The command structure brings together officers and resources previously working in the MPS Traffic Operational Command Unit and the Safer Transport Command, and takes on some activities previously carried out by Borough Operational Command Units.
The press release announcing the new command says it will be “capable of delivering hundreds of thousands more hours a year of road safety activity than before”.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “This new command means that for the first time ever we now have a single team focusing on improving roads and public transport safety.
“As we’ve seen from targeted initiatives such as Operation Safeway, this is a group of officers that can mobilise in large numbers to deliver impressive results and changes in behaviour.”
Commander Stephen Watson, Metropolitan Police Service, said: `The Met enjoys a first class partnership with TfL. Much has already been achieved through our joint efforts and we are confident that this new and fully integrated command will enable us to build on a legacy of success.”