Len’s most livable city needs dedicated train cops

Auckland is in need of dedicated transport police to stop the thugs from turning Len’s train set into an even whiter elephant.

An Auckland councillor is renewing calls to have a dedicated transit police force on Auckland’s trains.

Former police officer George Wood’s comments follow the release of a report into a brawl involving scores of youths at Britomart station.

The report says more police are needed on public transport for events like the coming Cricket World Cup.

Mr Wood has repeatedly warned scenes like the brawl are clear evidence there should be a dedicated transit police force.

“I don’t think it needs to be police on every single train, but I think there needs to be dedicated police to work on transport systems across Auckland.”

But the Auckland Transport report on December 13 notes police arrived at the scene within minutes, and security staff had the situation under control.

Auckland Transport group manager Mark Lambert says an independent security firm is currently contracted to provide that presence.

“We’re always looking at options. Is transit police right now the right option? [I’m] not really sure.”

All I can see is additional overheads on a service that is already heavily subsidised.  It’s going to continue to be a leaky tap on the Auckland rate payers.

Of course, the Government didn’t say it had to run efficiently before committing money.  All they asked for is a certain patronage.  So Len is doing all he can, including pretty much paying for people to travel on a train, to meet his target.

Luckily the Government hasn’t set a deadline on their commitment, and I suspect Auckland can forget about the money from the general tax payer until a Labour/Green government manages to squish in.

– Adrien Taylor, 3 News

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