THE PSNI and Translink have launched an initiative that will see the introduction of a new ‘Safe Transport Team’ consisting of a dedicated team of police officers working alongside Translink employees.
Speaking at today’s launch T/Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Roberts said: “This six month pilot, will see a dedicated team of officers work collaboratively with Translink colleagues and with Local Neighbourhood Teams to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour at public transport hubs and on-board trains and buses.
“The aim of the scheme is to provide a visible reassuring presence for members of the public and help keep everyone safe.
“Public transport customers can also play an important role in helping us keep people safe by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right and can assist the Safe Transport Team by reporting any suspicious activity.
“Officers will regularly travel on the trains and buses ready to listen and act so please speak with them if you witness any suspicious or criminal activity”.
Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink, said: “Keeping people safe is always our top priority. We have a long-standing relationship with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and routinely work closely with them to ensure we provide a safe environment for people to work and travel.
“This new Safe Transport Team trial, which will see officers working alongside the Translink team, travelling across the network to engage with passengers and offer reassurance and guidance is a further significant step in our partnership to help make Northern Ireland’s public transport network even safer.
“We look forward to building on this partnership, giving both passengers and staff further confidence to travel safely, as we play our part in the recovery of Northern Ireland and build back responsibly,” Chris concluded.
You can report a crime via the non-emergency number 101 or submit a report online using the PSNI non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. In an emergency always dial 999.
Issued by Lorna Dobson 02890 700150 and Translink Kerry Graye 07711205436
Notes to the editor:
The launch of the “Safe Transport Team” is part of a week of activity to raise awareness of the safety measures Translink has in place to make public transport safe and remind the public about the simple steps they can take that will make a big difference to protecting everyone – wash/sanitise hands, wear face-coverings, use cash-free tickets and socially distance as much as possible
This week Translink staff across the network have increased efforts to engage with the public and help them understand the new journey routine.
Translink has a wide range of measures in place to protect and reassure everyone including enhanced cleaning and sanitisation, protective screens, PPE for staff, additional safety signage & announcements, in-station sanitisers.
Face coverings are mandatory on public transport. To be fully effective face coverings must be worn correctly, covering the nose and mouth for the entire journey.
Journeys and more at www.translink.co.uk