Independent report

British Transport Police, Scotland division: crime data reporting

An investigation by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland into crime data recorded by BTP (Scotland Division).


Crime Audit: British Transport Police, Scotland Division

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This report presents the findings of an investigation by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMIC). HMIC investigated the extent that crime data recorded by the BTP (Scotland Division) can be trusted.

The HMIC’s audit tested the accuracy of crime recording, through:

  • an examination of incident and crime records
  • the quantitative measuring of compliance with crime recording practice in Scotland

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 6 October 2015