In April 2014 we made the most radical changes
to our policing structure in years. This is how we intend to
provide more frontline officers to cope with the demands of an
expanding railway industry.
Every few years we are given a Strategic Plan by the British
Transport Police Authority (BTPA) to set out expectations for
the future of the Force. The 2013 plan set out “a period that will
require unprecedented change in railway policing” to provide
exceptional service quality at reduced costs.
The number of people using Britain’s railways is predicted to
rise by 16-20% by 2019, so we’re expected to respond to an increase
in demand for our services.
As a result, we have restructured from seven areas across
Britain into three larger divisions. This new structure will
deliver a more efficient Force, generating savings to reinvest in
more police officers across the railway network.
Divisions and Subdivisions
Our divisions represent three geographic regions of railways
around Britain, along with our Force Headquarters in London.
Force Headquarters (FHQ)
FHQ retains overall command of our
activity and houses central departments and functions, including
responsibility for resources such as forensics, CCTV and major
investigations. The headquarters are in Camden Town,
East, South of England and Transport for London
is a vital area of rail travel. It accounts for the majority of
passenger journeys in Britain across East Anglia, the south coast
and the capital, including London Underground and Docklands Light
Railway. The B Division Commander is Chief
Superintendent Martin Fry.
Pennine, Midlands, South West and Wales is the
largest of the divisions, covering rail networks beyond
the South East. It includes the policing of major transport
hubs such as Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. The C Division
Chief Superintendent Allan Gregory.
Scotland is a unique division working under
Scottish law and legislation that requires dedicated officers
to police their railways. The D Division Commander is
Chief Superintendent John McBride.
highlighting our police stations