British Transport Police Authority
British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) is an independent body
that oversees the work we do and holds us to account on behalf
of the railway community and the public.
Formed in 2004, the Authority ensures we remain efficient
and effective. It works with train operators, staff and their
passengers to make sure we deliver the best possible service.
BTPA appoints our Chief Constable and other senior staff,
and handles any complaints that may arise against them.
Although it does not appoint any other officers or members of
staff, BTPA is considered their employer.
Setting our budget
We are funded by the train operating companies. The Authority
negotiates payments from these companies and then sets our
BTPA ensures train operators, their staff and passengers
get the best value from British Transport Police.
Determining our targets
The Authority sets out the direction we will take. It decides
our policing priorities and sets us targets so our performance can
BTPA announce these objectives, its strategic direction and how
we have performed in a number of publications:
Annual Policing Plan (links to BTPA
website), containing our priorities for the year, and
details on how our financial resources will be
Strategic Plan (links to BTPA website),
which sets out medium-term and long-term strategies for how we will
police the railways.
The Annual Reports, published after the end of each financial
For more information visit BTPA’s website