Operation Steed - Patrols expanded across East London to support Underground staff
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British Transport Police has increased its presence at various London Underground stations in East London since the start of the year as part of a new operation named Operation Steed.
The operation has boosted the number of patrols at West Ham, East Ham and Upton Park stations, with more officers at these stations more often.
The intent is for it be a reassurance to station staff and passengers, ensuring they feel confident in their safety when using the railway.
Throughout the week, officers are conducting high-visibility patrols, often with the support of plain clothed officers.
The operation also acts as a constant deterrent, ensuring any incidents such as anti-social behaviour and theft are never tolerated.
Since the beginning of January, officers have made 27 arrests for offences including theft, fare evasion, trespass and public order offences.
They have also issued 70 reports for low level offences.
Here, operation lead, Sergeant Sadiq Ali, explains what the operation is and how it supports frontline staff and passengers.
These operations are often supported by Transport for London’s Travel Support Enforcement officers.
This month, to further support TfL and its frontline staff, the operation has been expanded to include Canning Town, Bow Road and Stepney Green stations.