Police operation on XPT service
A POLICE operation to combat anti-social behaviour on the NSW leg of a train service between Sydney and Brisbane has been well received by passengers.
Operation Northern Explorer 2015 is a joint operation between the NSW Police Transport Command (PTC) and NSW TrainLink.
It involved two PTC officers patrolling an XPT as it travelled from Sydney to Grafton - the NSW leg of the train's journey to Brisbane - on Friday last week.
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The officers also joined the return service at Grafton on Saturday night, which arrived back in Sydney the following morning.
Another two PTC officers shadowed the train's journeys by road, rotating with their on-board colleagues and patrolling at railway stations along the route.
No serious crime issues were detected over the three days of the operation.
One man was removed from the return service for over-travelling his ticket and being under the influence of alcohol.
Police involved in the operation also issued two rail infringement notices, three traffic infringement notices, and one vehicle defect notice.
"The operation was very well received by passengers, rail staff and local police," PTC's North/Central Acting Sector Commander Acting Superintendent David McBeath said.
"In addition to discouraging anti-social and criminal behaviour, the operation allowed PTC officers to engage positively with the travelling public," Act Supt McBeath said.
Chief Executive of NSW TrainLink Rob Mason said, "safety of customers and staff is our top priority. We welcome the police presence on our trains each and every day".
Operation Northern Explorer will take place again this weekend (March 20-22) on the same XPT services.