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Our divisional commanders give us their thoughts on how their officers are policing Britain's railways, and the challenges they face.
On B Division we continue to focus our attention on maintaining a safe environment for everyone who travels or works on the rail and tube network. Together with our stakeholders from across the industry, we are determined to tackle the issues that matter most – reducing crime, minimising delays and improving the passenger experience.
Incidents that disrupt services can cause real problems for Industry partners and inconvenience for the public, especially in London and the South East with the highest concentration of journeys in the UK and rapidly increasing passenger numbers. That’s why reducing disruption is one of our key priorities.
Another priority is to improve passenger confidence by ensuring our officers are as visible as possible and are in the right places at the right time.
Chris began his career as a Special Constable in West Midlands Police in 2004, before joining BTP in 2006 in Birmingham. He worked across a number of uniform roles in the Midlands, including time as a Force Control Room Duty Officer, before moving to B Division as Operations Chief Inspector in 2015 where he played a key role in our response to a number of terrorist attacks.
On promotion to Superintendent, Chris led Digital Policing and implemented new technology that has changed how we deliver service to the public. During 2021, Chris had a year away from BTP. Initially seconded to West Midlands Police as a Neighbourhood Policing Superintendent in the second busiest command unit in the country, and then on parental leave with his husband after adopting their son.
Chris led teams across B Division North when he returned to BTP. In addition, he also led on Stop & Search for the force, implementing changes to ensure our use of this power are more transparent to the public. In addition, he has supported the NPCC Race Action Plan as the Staff Officer for Use of Powers.
On C Division we will work collaboratively to create a safe and secure rail network - problem solving with our industry and wider partners to reduce crime, disruption and create a hostile environment for those intent on causing harm.
Where there are victims of crime we give them the best possible service. We are committed to building trust and legitimacy throughout the rail community, engaging and listening to passengers and scrutiny groups and being responsive to their feedback.
We also recognise the importance of the health and wellbeing of our divisional teams - ensuring we look after everyone to maintain an effective policing response for the rail network.
Chief Superintendent Sandra England began her policing career as a Special Constable with Dyfed Powys Police in 1989, before joining BTP in 1995. She has a strong operational background, having performed several uniform and crime roles - including Force Superintendent Specialist Operations, Sub Divisional Commander for the Midlands, Chief Inspector Wales and Chief Inspector Bristol and the South West.
She was also a Senior Investigating Officer, Hostage negotiator, Gold Public Order Public Safety Commander and Strategic Firearms Commander. Sandra is passionate about staff development and is a force coach and mentor.
In D Division, we aim to deliver a visible and high quality service to our rail communities and staff across Scotland that safeguards those who are most vulnerable or at risk of more serious or hidden crime. Tackling sexual harassment, hate crime and violence against women and girls will remain priorities.
We will continue to work closely with our partners, recognising a changing landscape. We will be progressive and proactive, seeking new preventative opportunities to help tackle disruption or those crimes and incidents that cause the most impact on the confidence of those who work or travel on the rail network such as youth antisocial behaviour.
It is essential to me that all our communities that utilise, work or live on the rail network feel safe and are safe.
Chief Supt Gill Murray joined the BTP in January 1990 where she has experienced a wide and varied career across multiple disciplines and locations. Gill has led numerous roles including intelligence, specialist and covert policing, major/serious crime and as an SIO, she led the first multi-agency fusion intelligence unit tackling metal theft.
Gill has served as a Superintendent since 2013 starting in Western sub division, London areas and was the first female head of Professional Standards in BTP. She recently returned from an international secondment with the Bermuda Police where she implemented professional standards policies and counter corruption strategies before taking up the post in Scotland.