To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of support for passengers provided by the British Transport Police (a) at train stations and (b) on trains in the last 12 months.
19 February 2019
The British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) is responsible for ensuring an effective and efficient police force for the railway, including its passengers and staff. The British Transport Police Fund Annual Report and Accounts, which is published by the BTPA, includes details about the Force’s operational performance. The most recent version, covering the 12 months to 31 March 2018, is available at https://btpa.police.uk/livesite/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/9053_BTPA_Annual_Report_18.pdf. In addition, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces including the BTP. HMICFRS published a report in 2018 about the effectiveness of the BTP which emphasised its effectiveness in policing the railway environment, concluding that it compares favourably with the best performing Home Office forces at keeping people safe and reducing crime. A copy of the report is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/722680/peel-police-effectiveness-2017-btp.pdf