An inspection of British Transport Police's ability to minimise disruption on the rail network
In April 2018, we were commissioned by the Minister of State for Transport to inspect British Transport Police (BTP) and assess the force’s ability to work with the rail industry to minimise disruption on the network.
This inspection took place in January 2020 focusing on disruption issues related to policing such as trespass, fatalities, vandalism, cable theft and level crossings.
In this inspection, we aimed to answer the question ‘How well does the force minimise disruption on the railways, work with industry and reflects its priorities?’. We did this by considering:
- how well the force aligns its policing priorities with those of the industry, while maintaining its operational independence; and
- how well the force minimises the disruption to the railway network caused by trespass, fatalities, cable theft and other police-related matters.
This report sets out the findings from this inspection.