Q685: Who is British Transport Police responsible to?
British Transport Police (BTP), unlike other police forces, does not report through the Home Secretary or Scottish Executive, but through the Secretary of State for Transport. However, BTP is fully integrated into the national policing structure and takes account of nationally set priorities when formulating its own Strategic Plan and annual Policing Plans.
The Chief Constable is responsible for the operations and administration of BTP and he reports to a Police Authority, whose members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport. The Authority has duties to:
- ensure efficient and effective policing of the railways,
- secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police service,
- establish a police fund and set a budget.
For more information see the British Transport Police Authority website.