British Transport Police (BTP) is the national police force for the railways, providing a policing service to the railway network across England, Scotland and Wales. We are responsible for the safety of over 2,500 railway stations, 9,800 miles of track and 1.7 billion passenger journeys per year.
BTP’s volunteering family includes Special Constables (part-time, volunteer police officers), Police Support Volunteers and Cadets. We currently have 330 Specials, 100 volunteers and 50 cadets.
BTP’s Special Constabulary provides assistance to our regular police officers in patrolling our network, responding to calls for service, investigating crime and disorder and keeping the public safe at events. Our Specials perform the full role of a police officer, including both general patrol and more specialist opportunities across all of Great Britain.
Our Police Support Volunteers perform a range of roles, from assisting to engage with the members of the railway community with crime prevention advice to helping out in the office with things like CCTV and administrative tasks across all of Great Britain.
Our cadet units in London and Birmingham have regular training evenings and also assist at events and interacting with the public on our network, much like volunteer cadets in other police forces.
Our complementary policing resources help BTP increase its presence across our vast network and help us more proactively help the public get home safe, secure and on time. We are looking to expand the number of volunteers across all parts of our service, bringing additional presence, skills and enthusiasm to the service.
In general, we are looking for passionate individuals who want to make a difference to the community through helping to make a safer railway network free from crime and disruption. We are particularly interested in people with life skills who can bring new perspectives to policing. We welcome dedicated, responsible people from diverse backgrounds.