Project Empower was born from our sister project, Project Guardian based in the UKs capital, London.
Project Guardian is a long-term project involving British Transport Police, Transport for London (TfL), Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police, which aims to reduce sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in London. – See more here.
Project Guardian found that as little as 5% of victims of unwanted sexual behaviour on the public transport network of London actually reported it to the authorities – the police or transport operators. This figure was representative not just nationally but similar to figures shared with international transit authorities.
The West Midlands has a large transport network, carrying over 1 million passengers a day on bus alone and with a slight rise in sexual offences over the previous year it was decided that West Midlands Police Public protection working alongside the Safer Travel Partnership (made up of West Midlands Police, British Transport Police and Centro – West Midlands Transport Executive) would tackle the issue of underreporting of this crime type and ensuring the best quality of investigation by instigating Project Empower.
Project Empower is tackling unwanted sexual behaviour on the public transport network