British Transport Police

The British Transport Police (BTP), formerly the British Transport Commission Police (BTCP), is a national special police force[7] that polices railways and light-rail systems in England, Wales and Scotland, for which it has entered into an agreement to provide such services.[8] The force is funded primarily by the rail industry, and does not receive central government funding.[9] British Transport Police officers do not have jurisdiction in Northern Ireland unless working under mutual aid arrangements for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, in which case any duties performed on a railway will be merely incidental to working as a constable in Northern Ireland.

British Transport Police
Logo of the British Transport Police
Agency overview
Formed1 January 1949 (1949-01-01)
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£298.6 million[2]
Jurisdictional structure
National agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
England, Wales and Scotland
Operations jurisdictionEngland, Wales and Scotland
  D Division
  C Division
  B Division
Jurisdiction of the British Transport Police
Size10,000 miles (16,000 km) of track and more than 3,000 railway stations and depots.
PopulationOver eight million passengers daily[3]
Legal jurisdiction
Governing bodyBritish Transport Police Authority
Constituting instruments
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction
  • Railways, tramways, and-or rail transit systems.
Operational structure
Overviewed by police authorityBritish Transport Police Authority
Headquarters25 Camden Road
NW1 9LN[4]
51.5408°N 0.1398°W / 51.5408; -0.1398
Police Constables2,984 (September 2020)[5]
PCSOs229 (September 2020)
Minister responsible
Agency executives