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Dear Transport for London,

I would like some information regarding assaults on Bus Inspectors (RPIs) for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

1 - How many assaults were reported for each of these years?
1(a) - For each figure, how many of these assaults occured when the RPI was in uniform, and how many when the RPI was in plain clothes?
1(b) - What time of day did these assaults occur? (For example: number of assaults by hour of day, or number of assaults before noon, between noon and 6pm, between 6pm-Midnight etc).
1(c) - How many of those reporting an assault were male, and how many were female?

2 - How many near-misses were reported for each of these years?
2(a) - For each figure, how many of these near-misses occured when the RPI was in uniform, and how many when the RPI was in plain clothes?
2(b) - What time of day did these near-misses occur? (For example: number of assaults by hour of day, or number of assaults before noon, between noon and 6pm, between 6pm-Midnight etc).
2(c) - How many of those reporting a near-miss were male, and how many were female?

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Taylor

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Miss Taylor

TfL Ref: 0181-1516

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 5 May 2015.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.

A response will be provided to you by 3 June 2015. We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Ms Taylor:

 

TfL Ref: 0181-1516

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 5 May 2015 asking for
information about assaults on Revenue Protection Inspectors (RPI) on the
bus network between 2011 and 2015.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm that we hold some of the information you require.

 

All members of staff and passengers have the right to work and travel on
our bus network without fear of assault. Overall crime on our bus network
is at its lowest ever level and has in fact fallen by 60 per cent in the
last five years. In 2008, we created the Workplace Violence Unit, which is
dedicated to preventing and tackling violence against frontline bus staff,
such as physical violence, threats and abuse. The work we have done to
encourage our staff to report any type of assault, including verbal, does
impact the overall number of incidents recorded.

 

You asked:

 

1 - How many assaults were reported for each of these years?

 

A total of 331 reported assaults of Revenue Protection Inspectors (RPIs)
occurred between 29 March 2011 and 16 April 2015; please see table 1 for a
yearly breakdown:

 

Table 1

Calendar Year Total Assaults
2011 87
2012 67
2013 86
2014 75
2015 16
Total 331

 

 

1(a) - For each figure, how many of these assaults occurred when the RPI
was in uniform and how many when the RPI was in plain clothes?

 

Due to system changes in 2014 we are only able to associate 73% of the
recorded assaults with information about the RPIs clothing. The 242 we
were able to associate are shown in Table 1a:

 

Table 1a

Uniform / Plain Clothes Total Recorded %
Uniform 188 78%
Plain Clothes 54 22%
Total 242

 

 

1(b) - What time of day did these assaults occur? (For example: number of
assaults by hour of day, or number of assaults before noon, between noon
and 6pm, between 6pm-Midnight etc).

 

Out of the total of 331 reported assaults, 35% (117) occurred between
06:00 and 11:59, 53% (175) occurred between 12:00 and 17:59, 11% (36)
occurred between 18:00 and 23:59, and 1% (3) occurred between 00:00 and
02:59. Table 1b gives an hourly breakdown

 

Table 1b

Hour Total Assaults %
From To
06:00 06:59 15 5%
07:00 07:59 9 3%
08:00 08:59 18 5%
09:00 09:59 21 6%
10:00 10:59 29 9%
11:00 11:59 25 8%
12:00 12:59 29 9%
13:00 13:59 22 7%
14:00 14:59 33 10%
15:00 15:59 43 13%
16:00 16:59 21 6%
17:00 17:59 27 8%
18:00 18:59 9 3%
19:00 19:59 10 3%
20:00 20:59 8 2%
21:00 21:59 7 2%
22:00 22:59 2 1%
23:00 23:59 0 0%
00:00 00:59 2 1%
01:00 01:59 0 0%
02:00 02:59 1 0%
Total 331

 

 

 

1(c) - How many of those reporting an assault were male, and how many were
female?

 

Of the 331 reported assaults, seven per cent cannot be associated to
gender type due to the aged nature of the report and the aforementioned
changes since 2014 in the way the system records this data:

 

Table 1c

Gender Total Assault %
Male 213 64%
Female 94 28%
Unknown 24 7%
Total 331

 

 

2 - How many near-misses were reported for each of these years?

 

There were a total of 156 near miss incidents reported between 29 March
2011 and 16 April 2015. Please see Table 2:

 

Table 2

Calendar Year Total Assaults %
2011 5 3%
2012 20 13%
2013 67 43%
2014 46 29%
2015 18 12%
Total 156

 

 

2(a) - For each figure, how many of these near-misses occurred when the
RPI was in uniform and how many when the RPI was in plain clothes?

 

Due to the system changes in 2014, we are only able to associate 79% of
the recorded near misses with the RPIs clothing. Please see Table 2a
below:

 

Table 2a

 

Uniform / Plain Clothes Total Recorded %
Uniform 92 74%
Plain Clothes 32 26%
Total 124

 

 

2(b) - What time of day did these near-misses occur? (For example: number
of assaults by hour of day, or number of assaults before noon, between
noon and 6pm, between 6pm-Midnight etc.).

 

Out of the total 156 reported near misses, 40% (63) occurred between 06:00
and 11:59, 46% (71) occurred between 12:00 and 17:59, 12% (18) occurred
between 18:00 and 23:59, and 3% (4) occurred between 00:00 and 05:59.
Table 2b gives an hourly breakdown.

 

Table 2b

Hour Total Assaults %
From To
06:00 06:59 8 5%
07:00 07:59 12 8%
08:00 08:59 6 4%
09:00 09:59 5 3%
10:00 10:59 13 8%
11:00 11:59 19 12%
12:00 12:59 14 9%
13:00 13:59 8 5%
14:00 14:59 11 7%
15:00 15:59 19 12%
16:00 16:59 8 5%
17:00 17:59 11 7%
18:00 18:59 3 2%
19:00 19:59 4 3%
20:00 20:59 6 4%
21:00 21:59 5 3%
22:00 22:59 0 0%
23:00 23:59 0 0%
00:00 00:59 1 1%
01:00 01:59 1 1%
02:00 02:59 1 1%
03:00 03:59 0 0%
04:00 04:59 1 1%
05:00 05:59 0 0%
Total 156

 

 

2(c) - How many of those reporting a near-miss were male, and how many
were female?

 

Please see Table 2c

Gender Total Assault %
Male 103 66%
Female 43 28%
Unknown 10 6%
Total 156

 

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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