The Tyne and Wear Metro has recruited a new security manager.
Paul Harris, a former Sergeant in the Royal Military Police, will take up the new role created by Nexus to oversee security for the 38 million passengers who use Metro every year.
Paul brings a wealth of experience to the role, from his 14 year military career and from private sector security work, which has included a stint managing the security of foreign embassies in the Afghan capital city of Kabul.
As the Metro Security Manager Paul will be working closely with Northumbria Police and the British Transport Police. He is keen to target issues of anti-social behaviour on Metro.
He said: “This is a great new challenge for me and I’m thrilled to be working for such a high profile local brand in the Tyne and Wear Metro. The top priority at all times is the safety and security of the people who use Metro every day.
“I’d never previously considered working in transport security. There are so many different areas that can be looked at. I can’t wait to get started.
“One of my major aims is to tackle issue on anti-social behaviour on Metro so that our customers and staff can travel around without having to see that sort of thing on the transport system. I’ll be working closely with the police and our own frontline staff to address this issue.”
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We want Metro passengers to feel safe and confident when using Metro. We have created a new dedicated role of security manager to improve how we work with our staff, the police and partners in the communities we serve to achieve that every day. It is just one of the ways we are working to make Metro better.”
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “I’m really pleased to have someone with Paul’s level of security experience in such a key role for the Tyne and Wear Metro.
“The management of safety and security is of paramount importance and Paul will help us to build on the excellent work that we’ve already done.
“While crime on Metro remains low we always working closely with the police to tackle issues of fare evasion and anti-social behaviour. Paul will be focusing to ensure the Metro is a safe place customers and staff.”
Paul, 48, of Gosforth in Newcastle, is originally from Plymouth in Devon, but has lived in north east England since 2004.