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Police get on the buses to ensure safer travel

PUBLISHED: 15:36 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 23 August 2010

Safer travel scheme

Safer travel scheme

POLICE officers are travelling on buses to prevent anti-social behaviour and reassure passengers. From Monday, travellers on many Arriva and Fastrack buses will see Kent police officers and Community Support Officers regularly using the service. The cam

POLICE officers are travelling on buses to prevent anti-social behaviour and reassure passengers.

From Monday, travellers on many Arriva and Fastrack buses will see Kent police officers and Community Support Officers regularly using the service.

The campaign, which is part of the Kent Police Safer Summer Scheme, aims to ensure people are safe and gives them a chance to speak to neighbourhood police officers about concerns.

Fastrack Passenger Thom Record, 72, of West Street, Gravesend, said: "I think it's a great idea. I regularly take the bus, and I think it is later in the day that there are some problems. Having police present at that time will really help stop crime and bad behaviour."

Coreen Reed, 65, of Medhurst Gardens, added: "I think it is a very good thing. It will definitely help deter crime on buses.

"I have seen problems, particularly with school children later in the day, and with more police on the buses it will make for a safer trip."

Officers will travel free of charge after a deal with Arriva and Fastrack, which operates bus services across Dartford and Gravesham.

Kent Police Inspector Paul Anderson said: "It is an opportunity for our officers to chat and to talk to people as well as providing reassurance to passengers. A visible police presence helps do this which is very important.

"With travelling on buses we capture different groups, not just the older community, but also the younger community, and it is also a great way for our officers to reach more outlying areas and get there quickly but at the same time helping the community."

On board information screens on Fastrack buses will give more information about neighbourhood policing teams and how to contact them. David George, Project manager at Fastrack said: "The passengers really benefit from this. There is not a huge problem with crime and disorder on our buses but that is the way we want to keep it, and this initiative will help us do that."

To find out more about the neighbourhood officers where you live visit www.kentpolice.uk and use the postcode search facility.

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