British Transport Police (BTO) is looking forward to welcoming thousands of travelling visitors and spectators to Birmingham and the region for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
For the last two years, BTP has been planning the policing and security operation with West Midlands Police, transport operators, and wider partners with a focus on ensuring a safe and secure rail and metro network. Those using the rail network will see an increase in officers across the region and will include deployments specialist teams including armed, search and special officers, dogs and their handlers, and plain clothed officers.
With events taking place across the area, BTP officers will be on hand to help and offer reassurance to the thousands of spectators and daily commuters who use the rail and metro network.
The geographical area covered by the Games includes a number of railway and metro stations this is a large policing operation and in order to keep people safe there will be a number of activities including regular searches, and Project Servator deployments to make the railway a hostile environment to deter those intent on causing harm.
Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Sandra England said "The Commonwealth Games are the biggest sporting and cultural event for the region in many years and I want everyone who attends to enjoy themselves. BTP have been and continue to be an integral part in the planning with tried and tested partnerships in place. During the Games I will be focused on not just delivering a safe transport network, but one that is free from disruption.
“Visitors will see an increase in police presence, but this should not cause alarm they are there for the safety and protection of all. We want you to enjoy the experience but please do be vigilant and report anything that doesn’t feel right.
"We are working very closely with West Midlands Police over the next few weeks to ensure we deliver a safe and secure event for all. Please remember if you need the police while travelling or while at a station text us on 61016 or ring 999 in an emergency."