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Our Specialist Response Unit responds to reports of unattended items on the railway. They assess packages, bags and substances such as unusual smells, powders, liquids and chemicals.
Our SRU is unique within British policing because of the broad spectrum of incidents that they respond to.
In the event of an unattended package or substance being found on the railway, the SRU will gather information to decide whether the item can be cleared as lost property or whether additional specialist resources, such as explosive ordnance disposal experts, need to be called.
SRU officers can deal proportionately with an incident to ensure rail passengers and members of staff can travel safely and securely.
The SRU have the technical capability to assess packages, bags, suspicious smells, powders, liquids and chemicals and then decide whether it is necessary to call in an EOD expert. This whole process can be completed quickly without compromising safety and prevents the network from being disrupted more than necessary.
Below is a snapshot of some of the equipment that SRU officers use.