Safer Transport officers target hate crime offenders

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LONDON: Safer Transport officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) have conducted a day of action across London, primarily targeting hate crime offenders.
The operation took place on Friday, 22 June and involved around 60 officers attending addresses and patrolling in transport hubs across London, in order to trace outstanding offenders and engage with commuters.
Officers worked with Transport for London (TfL) staff, officers from British Transport Police (BTP) and various external community partners to promote the reporting of hate crime and to highlight to the public that this behaviour should not be tolerated.
As a result of the day’s action seven men were arrested for offences including, possession of a firearm, fraud offences, drugs offences, theft, and Breach of a Community Behaviour Order (CBO). Officers in Harrow recovered a lock knife and drugs during their patrol in Wealdstone. Across London officers also carried out community engagement.
They distributed literature offering advice on what constitutes a hate crime and how to report it to police, or through partner agencies such as Galop and TellMAMA.
Sergeant Janine Cunningham, RTPC hate crime engagement coordinator, said: “The Met takes hate crime very seriously, there is no place for it in London. Safer Transport officers from the RTPC are committed to delivering focused hate crime engagement every month across the Capital.
If you or someone you know is suffering hate crime, or has suffered hate crime in the past, please contact police on 101. You can also report hate crime through the MPS website. In an emergency always dial 999.