You're most likely to see our Police Constables,
Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables while
you're travelling — read more about their roles below.
Police Constables (PCs)
Our PCs are easily identifiable by their distinctive
black uniforms and yellow hi-vis vests. These are the officers
you’re most likely to see at stations and on trains, providing
routine patrols and operating special activities to help keep
the railways safe.
Special Constables are members of the
public who volunteer to work as PCs in their free time. They
receive no pay, but claim expenses, and have the same powers as
regular officers whilst on duty.
Special Constables are trained in the use of, and issued with,
the same uniform and equipment as regular officers. They are
an integral part of our Force and help us to keep the railways safe
Read more about our Special Constables
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
PCSOs are members of police staff who patrol the
railway alongside our police officers.
Just like all of our officers, our PCSOs have specific powers
Our PCSOs also have the power to deal with
issues that do not always require the presence of a Police
Officer, such as confiscating alcohol or tobacco from young
people, enforcing cordon areas and detaining or ejecting
suspects in certain situations.
Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme (RSAS)
Train companies also employ dedicated staff who are
granted limited powers under our Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme (RSAS). They
work closely with our officers, helping to share information
and can deal with certain incidents without needing to involve
a police officer.
These staff go under various names depending on the train
company — for example, they are sometimes called Rail
Enforcement Officers or Rail Neighbourhood Officers.
Badges of rank
Our officers wear badges on the shoulders of their uniform that
denote their rank and show their unique identification number.
Read more and see what each rank wears on our badges of rank page.