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British Transport Police (BTP)

British Transport Police is the national police force for the railways providing a policing service to rail operators, their staff and passengers throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Every day, we police the journeys of over six million passengers and 400,000 tonnes of freight over 10,000 miles of track. We believe travelling is about more than just getting there. It’s about ensuring safety and security all the way.

The railways are a unique policing environment with a unique set of needs. British Transport Police’s 2,835 police officers and 1,455 support staff exist to provide a specialist policing service to meet those needs.

Working areas and tasks

We police the tracks and provide a service to rail operators, their staff and passengers across the country. We also police the London Underground system, Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro tram system, Croydon Tramlink and the Glasgow Subway. Together, we move and safeguard around six million people every day. Policing the railways means policing the community.
As rail crime crosses counties, its impact crosses areas and networks. BTP uses the latest technology to track, prevent and detect crime across the country. Our present structure works across seven geographical areas and we work with local forces to provide the best possible service to the communities we serve.


BTP’s history can be traced back to 1825 - to the origins of the police service in Britain. Today we continue to strive to provide a quality policing service. We are an organisation that stays at the forefront of developments within the railway industry and of policing. This means you will find us on the frontline.




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