A transatlantic police operation will take place this week across England, Canada and the United States to crackdown on unwanted sexual behavior committed on public transport networks.
The operation, called Global Guardian, will run from Monday, April 7th to Friday, April 11th and will involve five police forces based in Boston, London, Vancouver and Washington, D.C.
The organizations taking part include British Transport Police (BTP), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Transport for London (TfL), Metro Vancouver Transit Police, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Transit Police and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Global Guardian aims to improve the levels of reporting and access to services among victims of sexual offences and to create an environment on public transport networks around the world which does not tolerate intimidation and sexual harassment.
Chief Paul MacMillan, of the MBTA Transit Police in Boston, said: “We are pleased to participate in this initiative and hope to raise awareness to what we know is a crime that often goes unreported. Our passengers should know that we take these incidents seriously and they should not tolerate this type of behavior.”
“We know that this problem isn’t unique to
and are eager to share our methods and
findings with other forces. We’re keen to work with our partners in London America and , as we want all victims to
know that they are not alone and will always be taken seriously when they report
an incident. Together we are committed to stamping out this type of behaviour
from transport networks around the world.” Canada
Chief Ron Pavlik, of the Metro Transit Police in
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