Some notable dates from our history.
The largest-ever intake of new recruits to the force sees some
officers sworn in at Ashford Police training centre for the first
time. Others are sworn in at BTP’s Tadworth training centre.
7 July 2005
52 people die and 700 are injured as suicide bombers target
London’s transport network. Bombings took place on London
Underground trains near Edgware Road, King's Cross and Aldgate, and
on a bus near Tavistock Square.
about BTP's response to 7/7 here.
21 July 2005
BTP officers and other emergency services respond to three reported
incidents at tube stations. Smoke at Oval Station, Warren Street
and Shepherd’s Bush was reported as devices set off by terrorists
were only partially detonated.
Railway Accreditation Scheme is introduced. Staff working for train
operating companies are trained to enforce railway byelaws and
provide a high profile presence for passengers.
29 Nov 2005
BTP move force headquarters from Tavistock Place to new site in
BTP officers are granted powers to issue Penalty Notices for
Disorder, bringing BTP in line with all Home Office forces in
England and Wales.
3 April 2006
BTP launch new Crime
Recording Centre, improving efficiency and level of service offered
to victims of crime and front line officers.
28 BTP officers travel to Germany to assist in policing England
fans during the World Cup. Officers police fans as they travelled
by rail to and from matches all over Germany.
BTP appoint Ellie Bird as Superintendent Operations on London
Underground Area. She is the first woman to have reached that
substantive rank in 180 year history of railway policing.
27 November 2006
BTP is one of 10 forces to take part in trials of hand held,
electronic fingerprinting devices, aiming to prove if the devices
will allow officers to reliably identify a suspect through finger
prints while on the ground.
BTP officers begin patrolling Glasgow Subway, initially as
part of a two month trial with the Strathclyde Partnership for
23 February 2007
One passenger dies and 22 others are injured when a Virgin
Pendolino train enroute from London to Glasgow derails in Grayrigg.
100 BTP officers worked as recovery operations and investigations
As BTP develops its Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs), London
mayor Boris Johnson launches 30 teams charged with policing the
London Underground and its stations.
Andrew Trotter replaces Ian Johnston as Chief Constable.
21 people are injured when a National Express East Anglia service
collides with a sewage tanker at an unmanned level crossing between
Sudbury and Marks Tey.
London hosts the 2012 Olympic Games. BTP takes part in the
biggest peace-time police operation ever for the
British police service. 80 per cent of spectators used
the rail network to travel to venues.
Paul Crowther OBE replaces Andrew Trotter as Chief
Constable. It is the first 'home grown' Chief Constable appointment
in 50 years.
Read more about Paul Crowther's
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