Chief officers

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

Chief Constable Paul Crowther, OBE

Chief Paul CrowtherPaul Crowther was appointed Chief Constable of BTP on 1 May 2014. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Constable responsible for Professional Standards, Strategic Development and Media and Marketing. He was also responsible for the crime portfolio in his role as Assistant Chief Constable.

Paul has a crime and operations background and has been Incident Commander at several major train crash incidents including Hatfield. He was also the Senior Investigating Officer at the Potters Bar train crash in 2001.

In 2004 Paul was appointed as Area Commander responsible for policing the London Underground, and In 2005 he was BTP’s Tactical Commander for the terrorist attacks on the 7th and 21st July, leading BTP’s operational response.

Paul is the National Police Lead for three business areas – suicide prevention, metal theft and CCTV.

In the New Years Honours 2014 he was awarded an OBE, and has 34 years of service with BTP.

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian HanstockAdrian Hanstock was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of BTP 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.

Adrian 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 Robin Smith

Robin SmithRobin has more than 30 years’ policing experiencing, including a previous ACC position in Sussex Police, where he was Head of Operations and Head of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit.

He is also a former Divisional Commander at Gatwick Airport and is a Strategic Firearms Commander and Gold Public Order Commander.

He had previously been the NPCC lead for Local Policing and Crimestoppers.

Robin will work closely with the executive team, officers, staff, partners, stakeholders and the BTPA to deliver the very best service to the public.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Alun Thomas

Alun Thomas

Alun joined BTP from South Wales Police in the rank of Chief Superintendent working in London as Head of Specialist Operations.

He has commanded FA cup finals, International football and multinational state occasions.

He was awarded the First Ministers Special recognition award for a successful NATO Summit command.


Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Brogden

Paul BrogdenPaul Brogden joined BTP as Superintendent in 2007. He transferred from Hertfordshire Police, where he worked in various roles, up to and including Detective Chief Inspector. He moved to the London Underground area as Chief Superintendent in 2012, and shortly after became Divisional Commander for the new B Division (London and the South East).

In 2015 Paul was seconded to Network Rail as the National Disruption Programme Lead. He worked with senior rail industry colleagues to help tackle the causes of disruption to Britain's rail network.

As part of his role he will be responsible for Public Contact, Crime Investigation, Supporting Victims of Crime and Digital Policing.