Independent report

British Transport Police: crime prevention, police attendance and use of police time

An inspection into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time of British Transport Police.


Core business: an inspection into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time of British Transport Police

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This report presents findings into an inspection of the British Transport Police, conducted between the 4 and 11 April 2014. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) investigated how well the British Transport Police (BTP) carries out its main role of preventing crime and anti-social behaviour. This included considering how BTP:

  • investigates crimes
  • brings offenders to justice
  • frees up time so that staff can focus on these primary policing functions

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.

Published 2 September 2015