In February, officers and PCSO’s from the Safer Travel Police Team undertook Operation Silver Hawk – to combat anti-social behaviour on the Metro system and other ‘line of route’ offences such as stone throwing.
The operation involved the use of a “Trojan Tram” where plain clothes officers travelled on an out-of-service tram, allowing it to stop at any point along the route to deal with incidents.
In total, 59 people on stops and pathways were spoken during the operation, mostly in relation to loitering and consumption of alcohol – as drinking is prohibited in some public areas, e.g. Sandwell.
Operations such as this are key to making metro passengers feel safer by deterring and detecting anti-social behaviour on the network.