Boris visits Islington police station for launch of new command

Mayor of London Boris Johnson sits on a police motorcycle as he meets with officers from the Metropo

Mayor of London Boris Johnson sits on a police motorcycle as he meets with officers from the Metropolitan Police's newly formed Roads Transport Policing Command at Islington Police station, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 16, 2015. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Boris Johnson was at Islington Police Station on Friday to mark the creation of a new Met command created to improve safety and security of London’s roads, bus network and other surface transport services.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson tries an electric bike as he meets with officers from the Metropolitan

Mayor of London Boris Johnson tries an electric bike as he meets with officers from the Metropolitan Police's newly formed Roads Transport Policing Command at Islington Police station, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 16, 2015. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The mayor visited the the station in Tolpuddle Street to mark the formation of Roads Transport Policing Command, which will the largest police command in the UK with more than 2,300 officers, and even had a go on a variety of police bikes.

The creation of the command was one of six commitments published by the Mayor and TfL to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on London’s roads every year.

Mr Johnson said: “Improving roads and public transport safety is one of my top priorities. This new command means that for the first time ever we now have a single team focusing on doing just that.

“As we’ve seen from targeted initiatives such as Operation Safeway, this is a group of officers that can mobilise in large numbers to deliver impressive results and changes in behaviour.


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“Metropolitan Police officers on the transport beat have a hugely challenging job and I applaud them for the sterling work they do. With this new command they’re now in a position to help ensure that more people can get from A to B safely and securely.”

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