The Police Transport Command joined Sydney Trains to launch a Bad Behaviour Blitz earlier this week as part of a continued effort to decrease anti-social behaviour on the rail network.
The Blitz comes coincides with the end of the summer holidays, as people resume their commute to school or work and runs alongside the Transport for NSW campaign targeting anti-social behaviour.
Operation Disrupt, a high-visibility, collaborative policing operation will run for the month of February.
Since the start of the operation, 10 people have been charged.
More than 500 infringements have also been issued for a range of anti-social behaviours like fare evasion, littering and offensive language.
“99% of people are doing the right thing and travelling on the Sydney network has never been safer,” Chief Executive of Sydney Trains, Howard Collins, said when discussing the Blitz.
“Customer satisfaction is high but we want to continue to improve our services.
“We’re talking about basic manners that not only make train journeys more pleasant for everyone, but also helps avoid train delays caused by people not being able to board and alight quickly,” Mr Collins said.
Commander of the Police Transport Command, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell APM, believes the highly visible nature of the Blitz will stop much of the anti-social behaviour before it can escalate into a serious offence.
“It’s simply not okay to put your feet of the seats, smoke on trains or platforms, discard rubbish, or use offensive language.
“If these types of offences go unchecked, people are more likely to think they can get away with more serious crimes, and we won’t allow that,” Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said.