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.



Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Mark NewtonMark Newton was appointed T/ACC in May 2012 where his portfolio includes Corporate Resources for the Force, ensuring that the Force is fully supported in its aim to protect and serve. 

Prior to this recent posting, Mark was the Chief Superintendent to the London Underground area. He has previously worked in a number of investigative and operational roles since he joined BTP in 2001.




Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas

Steve 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.



Assistant Chief Constable Alan PaceyAlan Pacey

With over 30 years experience at BTP, Alan took control of our Force structure project in 2013.

He previously held the role of Assistant Chief Constable (Territorial Policing and Crime) where he was responsible for a variety of units including cable theft, level crossings, covert policing and fatalities.