For many of us, summer is a time to relax, unwind and enjoy a well-deserved holiday with family and friends.
However for police forces around the country, this time of year is one of the busiest periods ever! The amount of people on the roads is higher than usual, due to people heading out of town for trips to the beach, holidays with family and other festive activities.
With tourists flocking to our sunny country, there is likely to be more people making the most of public transport too.
For this reason the NSW police are out in full force to try and minimise the risk of public transport accidents.
Officers from the NSW Police Transport Command have already begun some wide-ranging campaigns, with Operation Javelin II having just come to an end last week (November 29).
This four-day campaign involved the search of more than 450 commuters and resulted in the arrest of 45 people.
Police were primarily targeting anti-social behaviour and crime, with offences ranging from drug possession to fare evasion.
Of the 45 people arrested, some were involved with illegal drug possession, malicious damage, theft and indecent assault, to name a few offences.
The police patrolled in plain clothes and on foot or bicycles for the most part, and covered a substantial area in the four-day operation.
More than 1,000 trains were patrolled, along with 139 buses and 11 ferries. A total of 1198 infringement notices were issued.
It will be interesting to see how much of an impact the Police Transport Command has on crime statistics this year. Having only been launched in May 2012, this summer will be its first.
Commander of the Police Transport Command assistant commissioner Max Mitchell said that first and foremost his officers were focused on keeping commuters safe.
“Your local police keep you safe at home, at work, at social engagements and on our roads,” Mr Mitchell explained.
“Our job at the Police Transport Command is to keep you safe while travelling on public transport.”
For peace of mind, commuters may like to know that there are compensation lawyers in Sydney who can help you should you be involved in a public transport accident.
Mr Mitchell said that police would do their utmost over summer to try and ensure these types of incidents do not occur.
“Over the summer months we will be conducting both plain clothes and high visibility operations as part of our effort to remove anti-social and criminal behaviour from NSW trains, buses and ferries,” he asserted.