Welcome to the website for the British Transport Police Federation

PEEL report on BTP

8 December, 2017

British Transport
Police Federation
December 8, 2017

PEEL report on BTP

British Transport Police Federation has welcomed Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Service's (HMICFRS's) PEEL report on BTP. The report can be downloaded and/or read in full here. Nigel Goodband, Chair of BTP Federation says the report highlights the excellent work carried out by BTP officers but raises some areas of concern.

"Officers work hard to keep rail passengers and staff safe and the reduction in recorded crime over a number of years is testament to their dedication and commitment. It's pleasing to note inspectors recognise the ways in which officers engage with their communities; a crucial part of their role and one which builds trust and confidence.

"But BTP is not immune to the need to make budgets stretch ever further and meet changing demands on its services.

"Inspectors highlighted the need for the Force to improve its understanding of the resources needed to continue to meet demand and while work has been done since the HMICFRS's inspection, we feel a balance has yet to be struck. We remain concerned by the impact on the welfare of officers of long hours, changes to shift patterns and cancelled rest days".

"The length of time that has passed between inspection and publication means there have been many changes. Some have been for the better but there are areas where there remains room for improvement. We will encourage the Force to make those improvements so that the hard work of those on the front line is not only recognised and appreciated but officers continue to feel they are supported and listened to when concerns are raised.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our colleagues for their continued sense of duty and courageous responses to some very demanding and testing situations."