Specialist response unit

Our highly skilled officers respond to reports of suspicious and unusual items on the railway and underground network that could be terrorist related, while keeping the trains running safely to minimise disruption to passengers.

They make crucial decisions under immense pressure as to whether an item is simply lost property, or if it is something that will require additional specialist response such as Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts.

Specialist response unit

The unit is completely unique, as it is the only police force in the UK with the equipment and skills that mean officers can do their job without evacuating a station or stopping trains, while keeping passengers and rail staff safe.

Our officers are trained to deal with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents and to assess any liquid, gas, powders or substances, as well as suspicious items.

They are also trauma trained, so can assist injured people until the ambulance service arrives.