Increased security


Police are patrolling buses in Sydney to discourage antisocial behaviour

Police will conduct targeted searches of buses on Sydney’s Northern Beaches as part of an initiative to make travel to and from the area safer for both passengers and drivers.

Operation Bus Safe is a joint project between Northern Beaches Local Area Command, Police Transport Command and State Transit.

The organisations are working closely to target criminal and anti-social behaviour on public transport.

A new phase of the operation will see information from bus drivers and passengers relayed to police during evening hours, who will then board buses for targeted checks to ensure customers journeys aren’t being affected by anyone breaking the law or being unruly.

 

For the first phase of the operation, plain-clothes and uniformed police have been riding buses throughout the Beaches over the last three months.

Officers ejected 94 people from buses, searched 31 individuals and have taken action against 14 people for street offences including offensive language and offensive conduct.

Northern Beaches Local Area Commander Superintendent Dave Darcy says the operation is a long-term commitment to stamping out improper behaviour.

"This operation is an innovative approach to tackling unruly behaviour on the beaches main form of public transport," he says.

"Some individuals believe they can act out on a bus because of its transient nature and the fact police aren’t present, however, now they can think twice."

Police Transport Command Acting Superintendent Craig James says police will be working closely with bus drivers to make it safer for those on public transport.

"Officers will patrol buses to ensure individuals can travel to and from their destination safely, in line with community expectations.

"We will work closely with State Transit and drivers, and use information to target problematic routes, ensuring we are in the right place at the right time."

State Member for Manly Mike Baird says the Northern Beaches is a great example of a community coming together to reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour.

"Through my discussions with other local members, I am aware that many in the community are concerned about violence on local buses, and the good news is that this initiative is starting to have an impact," he says.

 "I welcome this new phase of the operation, which is another measure we can take to make the Northern Beaches safer for everyone."

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