London 2012: the volunteers' story

The enthusiasm of volunteers was one of the hallmarks of London 2012: BTP's volunteers were no exception.

British Transport Police officer at the Olympic Games 2012

While officers carried out their frontline duties, a team of 13 volunteers worked tirelessly to provide support services before and during the Games.

A few looked after our search dogs at their new accommodation centre, while others distributed crime prevention leaflets. Some spent their time helping at our Force HQ and at our Stratford Briefing Centre.

Teresa Bedziejewski, Community Volunteer Scheme Manager, said BTP volunteers went above and beyond during the Olympic and Paralympic Games:  “Normally, our 60 volunteers work a combined total of 550 hours per month.

“The Olympics volunteers worked an additional 350 hours a month over July and August, crazy hours! They showed so much dedication and hard work.

“The Olympics gave them the chance to feel like part of the team and a valuable insight in to how BTP works on a larger scale. Everybody seemed to really enjoy it.”

As many people ponder what legacy the Games leaves behind, Teresa is certain that BTP’s volunteer scheme has benefited greatly.

“Since the Games, some volunteers have offered to work more hours and want to experience working in a different department."

Find out how you can volunteer for BTP here.

Saying 'thank you' to our volunteers

To thank our volunteers for their support during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we took them on a special day out so that they could experience two very different sides of railway policing.

Our volunteers first travelled to Kent, where they watched and assisted with public order training. They then went on a tour of our Counter Terrorism unit and also received a medal from Dave Wildbore.

Click below to see how our volunteers got involved in our public order training: