Bus Drivers (4985_14)

Request

From May 2012:

a) The total number of offences identified involving aggression towards or assault of staff (drivers, Inspectors/Revenue, and staff based at bus stations) and/or the number of cases by clear up code and definition for all staff (drivers, Inspectors/Revenue, and staff based at bus stations)

b) Incident of staff abuse/assault where ‘bus’ features in the ‘Initial Brief Incident. However please note that Incidents are categorised as staff assault or abuse following a daily scan; the complete circumstances of an incident may transpire not to be exactly as originally indicated or understood; therefore the incident log data must be viewed as a potential indication rather than an accurate representation.

Response

a) Bus related crime WMP force region: total number of offences identified involving aggression towards or assault of staff (drivers, Inspectors/Revenue, and staff based at bus stations)

Year Month Total
2012 May 11
Jun 20
Jul 21
Aug 8
Sep 15
Oct 14
Nov 11
Dec 11
2013 Jan 10
Feb 14
Mar 14
Apr 17
May 14
Jun 7
Jul 12
Aug 13
Sep 18
Oct 13
Nov 17
Dec 9
2014 Jan 9
Feb 9
Mar 13
Total   300

b) The number of occasions there has been aggression on buses and intervention by police officers

Year Month Staff Verbal Abuse Staff Assault Total
2012 Jan 12 9 21
Feb 8 11 19
Mar 19 10 29
Apr 17 10 27
May 18 11 29
Jun 11 14 25
Jul 20 17 37
Aug 7 11 18
Sep 11 7 18
Oct 14 7 21
Nov 2 11 13
Dec 2 7 9
2013 Jan 6 7 13
Feb 9 10 19
Mar 5 17 22
Apr 8 8 16
May 6 12 18
Jun 4 9 13
Jul 3 10 13
Aug 7 9 16
Sep 12 4 16
Oct 11 12 23
Nov 11 10 21
Dec 1 5 6
2014 Jan 12 11 23
Feb 8 3 11
Mar 14 8 22
Total   258 260 518
         

Note: Incident logs are retrieved by a free text search; if ‘bus’ does not feature in the ‘Initial Brief Incident Details’ field there will be no return

Officers will not always be dispatched to an incident, depending on the circumstances of each situation: for instance staff may make an emergency call due to a passenger causing problems and being abusive; frequently the call to the police is sufficient deterrent for the problem passenger, who consequently leaves the service or behaves appropriately; the staff member may then cancel the request for police to attend, and WMP staff will confirm with caller whether they have been a victim of a crime before the log is finalised.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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