In a separate incident last month, an individual was sentenced to a 12 month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days after physically assaulting TfL staff
A man has been sentenced by Westminster Magistrates Court to 12 weeks imprisonment following the physical assault of two Transport for London (TfL) Transport, Support and Enforcement Officers in September 2020, who had been deployed to deal with a passenger who was being aggressive towards customer service station staff.Violence and aggression towards TfL staff is never acceptable and will not be tolerated. TfL, working with transport police, will always seek to bring offenders to justice using all available evidence such as CCTV and body worn camera footage. Footage from body worn cameras was successfully used to help secure a conviction in this case.
4,500 body worn cameras for staff have been in operation across the TfL network since the end of 2020 to help reduce workplace violence. This conviction shows how the footage can be used effectively in prosecutions and the court was able to see for itself the professionalism TfL officers showed on the day, despite the aggression shown by the defendant. Body worn cameras have been shown to reduce the number of incidents of violence and aggression towards staff, as evidenced in a British Transport Police trial with Cambridge University, which saw a 47 per cent reduction in staff assaults.
Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing and Community Safety at TfL, said: “This behaviour towards our staff, who were just trying to do their jobs, is completely unacceptable and we’re pleased to see that Grisins is facing the consequences of his actions. Everyone has the right to go about their day without fear or intimidation and we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal abuse towards our staff or customers. Body worn video footage, like CCTV, continues to provide vital evidence to the police and serves as a powerful deterrent to those who intend on abusing our staff.”