About BTP

Police officers at stationRailways lie at the heart of Britain's communities.  They are the lifeblood of commerce, industry and social cohesion. 

Through the Government's integrated transport policy, railways are playing an increasing role in the life and prosperity of the nation with five and a half million passenger journeys daily.  In addition, over a quarter of a million tons of freight are moved from depots to docks, from factories to customers.

British Transport Police (BTP) has the unique task of ensuring that all this takes place within a safe and secure environment.  As the specialist police service for Britain’s railways, our mission is to help deliver a safe railway that is free from disruption and the fear of crime.

BTP’s 2,774 Police Officers, supported by 258 Special Constables, 210 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and 1,204 police staff cover the National Rail network across England, Scotland and Wales, the London Underground system, Docklands Light Railway, the Glasgow Subway, the Midland Metro tram system and Croydon Tramlink.  BTP also police international services operated by Eurostar.

Working closely with our partners in the rail industry and local police forces, BTP is a national police service divided into seven geographical areas covering 10,000 miles of track and more than 3,000 railway stations and depots.

Force Vision Statement

Our Vision: Our vision is to provide policing excellence for Britain's railways. Policing excellence means being professional in all that we do, and continually striving to provide the best possible service to our railway community and the travelling public.  

Our Mission: Our mission is to work in partnership with others to help build a safe railway environment that is free from disruption and the fear of crime.

We will achieve this by:

  • Being dedicated to the specialist needs of our railway community
  • Improving our systems and structure to increase our effectiveness at all levels
  • Improving flows of information to our community about our aims and achievements
  • Ensuring that our staff are well trained and supported to enable us to deliver the highest possible quality of service
  • Providing value for money in all that we do

Our Values: Promoting equal opportunities by:

  • Treating everyone fairly, with respect and dignity
  • Eliminating all forms of harassment, bullying and victimisation
  • Providing an inclusive, supportive work environment, taking positive action where necessary, so that staff of all backgrounds can achieve their best

 Valuing diversity by:

  • Valuing differences between people and communities, and respecting diverse lifestyles
  • Reaching out to, communicating and consulting with communities, so we can better understand and meet their needs
  • Winning the trust and co-operation of those we serve so they can help us achieve our objectives
  • Developing a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve

Ensuring integrity by:

  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Maintaining the highest professional standards

Structure of the BTP

Our Force Headquarters (FHQ) is at 25 Camden Rd, London NW1 9LN/  The role of FHQ is to provide leadership, policy development, national strategic planning, monitoring, quality control and advice functions for the organisation.  The vast majority of police support staff are employed at FHQ.

The Chief Constable, Ian Johnston CBE QPM, is responsible to the British Transport Police Authority for the overall direction and control of the Force, whilst the Deputy Chief Constable, Andy Andrew Trotter QPM deputises, supports and assists the Chief Constable. Reporting to the Chief Constable are three Assistant Chief Constables, a Director of Finance and Corporate Services and the HR Director. These senior staff form the Chief Officers Group (COG).

BTP is divided into seven territorial Areas, each one headed by an Area Commander, who a member of the Force Management Team (FMT) and accountable to the Chief Constable.

Most police officers work from police stations located at strategic points around the network (Link to Areas page)

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Ethnic OfficerBritish Transport Police has a positive equal opportunities policy to ensure that all staff and new applicants are treated fairly. We welcome officers and staff from all sections of the community regardless of age, race, colour, religious belief, marital status, gender or sexual orientation.

We work in close conjunction with internal Support Groups, for instance consulting them when arranging recruitment campaigns or impact assessing new policies and procedures.

Postive about disabled people logoAs part of our commitment to the Positive About Disabled People Scheme, if you have a disability and you meet the minimum specified criteria for a job you will be shortlisted for inclusion in the recruitment process.

We offer Positive Action to groups currently under represented as Police Officers within BTP. 

If you want to know more about BTP, contact the Media and Marketing Department, British Transport Police, 25 Camden Road, NW1 9LN; Tel: 020 7830 8854; Fax: 020 7830 8944 or e-mail  us with your name and address and the information you would like.

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