Chief officers

Our chief officers make up our strategic command team. Together, they oversee every aspect of our force.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther, OBE

Paul CrowtherAppointed Chief Constable in March 2014, Paul joined BTP in 1980 and has experience in uniformed and CID posts.

As Chief Constable, he is responsible for the overall command, direction and control of the force.

He is the national police lead for the Metal Theft Task Force, for which he was recently appointed an OBE, as well as suicide prevention and CCTV. Paul also leads for the Association of Chief Police Officers on metal theft and digital forensic triage.


Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian HanstockDCC Hanstock was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of British Transport Police in August 2014 and has been a chief police officer since 2011. He is an experienced leader in the fields of criminal investigation, transport and roads policing, crime and incident data integrity, risk management, organisational audit and standards. He is the national strategic lead for police use of stop and search powers.

DCC Hanstock has served in a number of areas of the country, from rural mining communities, in inner city areas and across London’s diverse boroughs. He led community and youth engagement following the riots in London in 2011 and commanded the transport policing operation for the London Olympic Games in 2012.


Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Mark NewtonMark Newton was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in April 2014 where his portfolio includes B Division and Crime. In May 2012, Mark was appointed T/ACC in charge of Corporate Resources and he has previously held the position of Chief Superintendent to the London Underground Area.

Since Mark joined BTP in 2001 he has also held a variety of investigative and operational roles both within the London Areas (pre-restructure) and FHQ.


Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas

Steve ThomasSteve heads up BTP’s Operations Department where he has responsibility for our English and Welsh Territorial Policing Areas, Response, Crime & Investigation, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Firearms, Dogs, Event Planning, Fatalities Management, Stop and Search and Suicide Prevention.

Steve joined BTP from Greater Manchester Police in 2007, to head up the London and 2012 Olympic Games portfolio, as well as being the Department for Transport Cross-Modal Lead for Transport Security for The Games.    


Assistant Chief Constable David McCall

David McCallDavid joined us in March 2004 from the former Strathclyde Police as our Assistant Chief Constable for Scotland.

He headed up BTP’s policing operation for the G8 summit in Gleneagles the Pope’s visit  to Scotland in 2010. He was also responsible for producing the Force's first Race Equality Scheme. He has overall responsibility for the Scottish Division and also oversees misconduct hearings, crime recording and control rooms as well as chairing the Force’s Service Improvement Board and Integrity and Compliance Board.