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HMICS Strategic overview

8 December, 2017

British Transport
Police Federation
December 8, 2017

HMICS Strategic overview

This morning, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland has released its Strategic overview of British Transport Police in Scotland including the proposed transfer to Police Scotland. The report can be downloaded and/or read in full here.

In response to the report Nigel Goodband, Chair of the British Transport Police Federation, has said:

We welcome the publication of this report and the comments made by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, Derek Penman QPM. Given the interesting points it raises, especially in respect of the impact and cost of the transfer of railway policing, it is disappointing it wasn't published sooner.

Had this report been published prior to the passing of the Railway Policing Bill in June, we believe it would have assisted politicians in better understanding the complexities of the transfer. Complexities we have and continue to raise in several forums.

It is reassuring to note that many of our concerns are echoed in this report: the need for officers to be better informed; the need for terms and conditions to be resolved at the earliest opportunity; the Joint Programme Board defining, beyond doubt, an agreed definition of the 'no detriment' principle.

The lack of information on fundamental matters such as the impact and cost of transferring railway policing to Police Scotland, particularly who will meet the costs, is unsettling for everyone affected. We welcome the comments of the HMICS in respect of this and, like many, we are keen to see detailed analysis of the benefits, disbenefits and risk associated with the transfer.

We implore the Scottish Police Authority, British Transport Police Authority and the Joint Programme Board to accept the findings of the HMICS and act upon them without further delay.

We are less than 18 months away from full integration and still our officers have not yet received detailed information on their status, pay and pensions. Now is the time to engage with the officers who deliver the excellent policing service highlighted and acknowledged by the HMICS. We do not want to see the efficient and effective service currently provided to the travelling public in Scotland diluted; the expertise that exists in BTP Scotland must be retained.