This report considers the extent to which the crime information recorded by the British Transport Police (BTP) can be trusted. It focuses on the 3 broad themes of:
- leadership and governance
- systems and processes
- people and skills
Background information on HMIC’s report
HMIC has statutory responsibility for the inspection of the police forces of England and Wales — including the British Transport Police (BTP). Following the inspection, HMIC must report on its findings. Section 63 (5) of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 states that where a report it received by the Secretary of State for Transport will then publish it.
DfT sponsors the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) which is the non-departmental public body responsible for overseeing BTP. BTPA monitors BTP’s operations, sets its targets and allocates funds for its budget. BTPA and BTP are responsible for taking forward any actions from this report.