RSAS Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs explain more about our Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme (RSAS) and what it means for you.


Who can become a member of RSAS?

Any train operating company or organisation involved in railway security or safety in the UK.

What are the initial BTP requirements for a company to become members of the scheme?

The company applying to join RSAS needs to be recommended in a Police CPI Ltd report. Security companies are required to have a contract with a train operator or future bids/proposals in place.

What are the requirements for Accredited Persons?

Accredited Persons need to be employed by a train operating or security company that is part of RSAS.  They  also  need  to  pass  vetting  checks  carried  out  by  BTP  as  well  as  the RSAS training course.

How many members of staff can be accredited?

There is no specific minimum requirement, nor is there a limit on the number of staff that can be accredited. Some companies accredit around six to ten staff and initially others have started with about 35 staff. Currently some companies are increasing their numbers to around 90 accredited persons.

What Powers can Accredited Persons be issued with?

Powers need to be requested and vary from one company to another as they need to be appropriate to the job role that is performed. Becoming members of RSAS does not give a company an automatic right to use powers as these will need to be granted by the Chief Constable.

Do accredited persons have the power of detention or arrest?

No, they do not have specific powers of arrest but have the general citizen’s arrest power. However, there is no expectation that this power will be exercised as part of the scheme.

Who manages the Scheme and the Accredited Persons?

An authorised signatory will be the designated person for the company and will be in charge of signing relevant documents and liaising with us. There will also be an inspector on area who looks after the scheme on a day-to-day basis, as well as the Complementary Policing Department.