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British Transport Police

BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICEThe British Transport Police (BTP) is a national (specialist) police force policing railways across the United United Kingdom except for Northern Ireland. It also polices the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro tram system, Croydon Tramlink, Tyne and Wear Metro, Glasgow Subway and Emirates AirLine.

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BTP is funded by Network Rail and train operating companies and has all the same police powers as the Metropolitan Police plus additional railway-related authority applicable to railway bylaws and specific railway-related offences. Its jurisdiction is train stations, railway tracks and anything railway related.

  • Its vision: to work with industry partners and stakeholders to deliver a safe, secure, reliable and expanding transport system
  • Its mission: to protect and serve the railway environment and its community, keeping levels of disruption, crime and the fear of crime as low as possible
  • Its values: it's long so click here to read

Its neighbourhood Policing Teams look after stations all over the country with specialist knowledge of the area they work in. London teams: London Bridge, London Euston, London Kings Cross, London Liverpool Street, London Paddington, London Stratford, London Victoria and the London Underground.

According to Wikipedia, BTP has a workforce of 3,028 police officers, 1,530 police staff, 230 police community support officers, 30 designated officers and 330 special constables. (September 2017). In 2014, BTP changed from a 7 to a 4 division structure (A-D) covering 10,000 miles of track (16,000 km), and over 3,000 railway stations and depots.

  • A: Force Headquarters (FHQ): with overall control over the other divisions
  • B: London and the South East of England
  • C: Pennine/ North East, Midlands, South West and Wales
  • D: Scotland

For 2019/ 20 the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) agreed on an overall gross budget of £318.6m. £56.3m was for core underground policing and £262.3m was for core overground policing. By comparison, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) budget was 3.6 billion for the same period. 

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Man ‘shouted homophobic slurs and exposed himself’ on London Underground | Pink News | 17 Nov 2015

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