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March 13, 2017

Federation gives evidence to the Scottish Justice Committee

BTP Federation officials returned to Edinburgh this week to give evidence to the Scottish Justice Committee on the future of railway policing in Scotland.

Our Chairman, Nigel Goodband, took his place alongside Chief Superintendent John McBride (Superintendents' Association), Michael Hogg (Regional Organiser, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers), Calum Steele (General Secretary, Scottish Police Federation) and Alisdair Burnie (Staff Representative, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association).

The session lasted just over an hour-and-a-half and covered topics such as: officer and staff morale; terms and conditions; policing demand, command, and control; the impact of a loss of railway policing experience. Training requirements were discussed at length and Douglas Ross MSP returned to the matter at the end of the meeting, requesting further information be provided by Police Scotland on the nature of training for officers in the future. You can watch the full session again here.

After the meeting, Nigel Goodband said: "We're pleased Minsters have requested more information on the training that will be provided to Police Scotland officers in the event of the merger proceeding. The safety of the travelling public is dependent on officers being thoroughly and regularly trained to the standards set by the rail industry. Specialist experience, honed over many years, cannot be replicated through a few weeks of training.

"It was also encouraging to see some Ministers recognise the complexities around the terms and conditions of service, and the effect that issue is likely to have on the number of officers who seek to leave BTP prior to the proposed merger.

Clearly, there is still considerable detail to work through before any reassurances can be provided to the police officers we represent and the public they serve."