Roads and Transport Policing Command
The Roads and Transport Policing Command, formerly the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) and then the Safer Transport Command, is a unit of the London Metropolitan Police Service that polices buses, bus routes, taxis and minicabs. It does not police national railways in London, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway or Tramlink, which fall under the remit of the British Transport Police (BTP). General road policing is performed by a separate Traffic Operational Command Unit.
Formed in 2002 as a joint venture with Transport for London (TfL), it consolidated several existing policing operations. It is now the largest Operational Command Unit in the Metropolitan Police, with over 1,000 staff, and is a large employer of Traffic Wardens and Police Community Support Officers. The OCU also has Special Constables working alongside regular officers in all areas of the command.
On 1 April 2009, Transport OCU became part of Territorial Policing. On 29 September 2009, Transport OCU became known as the Safer Transport Command.
In response a survey conducted by TfL, which showed that 15% of women using public transport in London had been the subject of some form of unwanted sexual behaviour but that 90% of incidents went unreported, the Safer Transport Command—in conjunction with the BTP, City of London Police, and TfL—launched Project Guardian, which aimed to reduce sexual offences and increase reporting.
- Bates, Laura (1 October 2013). "Project Guardian: making public transport safer for women". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
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