Wednesday, 24th April 2019


The British Transport Police look after Britain's railways by providing a service to rail operators, the staff and passengers across the country.

They are also responsible for policing the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro Croydon Tramlink, Sunderland Metro, Glasgow Subway and Emirates Airline.

What is involved within the job role?

Policing these railways amounts to around 10,000 miles of track and more than 3,000 railway stations and depots as well as aviation.

In conjunction with the French Police they also police the international services operated by Eurostar.

Over six million use the rail network every day and the British Transport Police do their best to keep all passengers safe.

Information about the industry

The BTP is one of the oldest police forces in the world and was the first force to recruit female police officers, use technology to assist in solving crimes and the first to use police dogs. They now have over 2,800 police officers employed (Source), 218 Special Constables and 326 Police Community Support Officers (Source).

Every three years, the British Transport Police Authority publish their four key objectives. The current plan, which runs from 2011 to 2014 states the following:

  • Helping to keep rail transport systems running
  • Helping to make the railway safer and more secure
  • Deliver value for money through continuous improvement
  • Promoting confidence in use of railway


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