Our national force is split into various units, who all work
together to ensure that the UK’s railways are safe and secure.
Scientific Support Unit
The Scientific Support Unit (SSU)
has responsibility for recovery, collection and submission of items
for forensic examination and identification.
SSU comprises of several departments who provide specialist
advice and guidance to officers at all levels on forensic
Policing at Heights teams
The Policing at Heights teams were set up to undertake a
range of tasks including searching at heights, protester removal
and flash advertising removal.
BTP previously only had a Policing at Heights team based in
London, however a north-based team was set up after the
environmental protest at Drax power station.
Our Policing at Heights team were out training in Yorkshire
recently in preparation for the London Olympics. You can see
pictures at the
BTP Flickr account.
Territorial Policing and Support Unit
The Territorial Policing and Support Unit (TPSU) oversees
local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Railway Safety
Accreditation Scheme and Special Constabulary.
more about your local BTP team.
Hi-Tech Crime Unit
The Hi-Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) is responsible for retrieving
electronic evidence from digital devices, such as computers, mobile
phones, SIM cards, memory cards, satellite navigation, USB devices,
digital cameras and gaming consoles.
They will retrieve evidence from digital media for
use in court. They also provide technical advice and
support to other officers working with digital media.
Force Technical Support Unit
The Force Technical Support Unit (FTSU) provides covert
technical equipment and expertise to assist with the prevention and
detection of crime or disorder.
The FTSU supports and works in partnership with the Area
Technical Support Units (ATSU).
Witness Care Unit
Each Witness Care Officer (WCO) acts as the single point of
contact for a victim or witness. They assess the
individual needs of a victim or witness and update them
or the officer in charge about the progress of the
A WCO will also make arrangements for the victim or witness to
attend court if they are required to give evidence, and refer them
to external organisations if they need more support.
CCTV Intelligence Unit
The CCTV Intelligence Unit was set up in 2005 and went live
shortly after the July bombings. It was conceived to monitor the 15
mainline London termini for intelligence-gathering purposes and to
assist officers with ongoing operations, live monitoring
and pre-planned events.
Find out how we
use CCTV here.
Disaster Victim Identification
Since the Potters Bar crash of
2002, a great deal of work has been done in Britain
and internationally to improve Disaster Victim Identification
Part of BTP's strategy in dealing with
body identification after a disaster has been the
deployment of a body recovery team. This is made up of
officers from different areas who come together when the need
arises. They were first deployed in January 2009 to attend
to the light aircraft crash at Colwich Junction,
Public Protection Unit (London North)
The London North Public Protection Unit (PPU) was set up to
assist officers to coordinate activities around suicide
prevention, child protection, domestic violence prevention, sex
offender management and mental health liaison for London North
Public Protection Unit (London Underground)
The London Underground Public Protection Unit
(PPU) consists of the Sexual Offences Unit and the Workplace
- Sexual Offences
Unit - investigate incidents of sexual assault
or some cases of Outraging Public Decency on the
- Workplace Violence Unit
- have specialist knowledge of Honour Based Violence,
Domestic Violence, Stalking offences and the DASH Risk Assessment
Model. They will collect statements, provide stills and storyboards
from CCTV for LU staff crime.
Economic Crime Unit
The Economic Crime Unit is made
up of three specialist units who deal with different
aspects of financial crime across the force:
- Commercial Fraud Squad, who deal with major
fraud and corruption investigations.
- Financial Investigations Unit, who are
responsible for restraints, confiscation and investigations.
- Credit Card Unit, who aid investigations
involving payment card fraud.
Wildlife Crime Officers
We now have several officers who have been
trained as Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) to help protect wild
animals and plants surrounding the railway. WCOs undertake this
role alongside their normal duties and use their specialist
knowledge to support other units.
We have also found links between
wildlife/rural crime and other criminality, including metal
theft: addressing these crimes together has proved
successful for both the railway industry and the environment.
For more information on wildlife crime, please visit the
UK National Wildlife Crime
Unit and the Partnership for Action Against
Wildlife Crime (PAW) websites.
To report any concerns or issues of wildlife on the railways
call 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016.