The Mayor announced today that Ealing Broadway would be the focus for one of 30 new police transport hub teams. Ealing will get an additional team of sergeant, PC and seven PCSOs to patrol the bus network. Shortly after the Mayor was elected the police trialled three of these new teams in West Croydon, Wood Green, and Canning Town. They have been so successful that they have now been increased to 30 teams with one team coming to Ealing.
Whatever you think of PCSOs this has to be good news for Ealing.
The Ealing Times coverage is a bit wonky:
A BUS stop is due to get a dedicated police team as part of efforts to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport. A sergeant, a constable and seven PCSOs will patrol the Ealing Broadway stop, Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today. It is one of thirty bus stops due to see an increased police presence.
I don’t think you need 9 police officers to patrol one bus stop, even 24 hours a day!