British Transport Police Authority agrees budget reduction

British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) has today set the police force’s 2011/12 budget at 3.3% less than the previous year in real terms.

The intention is to maintain this budget for the following year, 2012/13, when the police force will have a significant operational role during the Olympic Games.

“This is a difficult settlement that will require an imaginative response from the police force,” said Millie Banerjee, BTPA chairman.

“British Transport Police has achieved a remarkable performance in reducing crime since 2004, underpinned by substantial growth through investment.

“But the force will now have to be creative as it faces the challenge of delivering the same level of service on a reduced budget.”

For more information contact

Michael Daventry
British Transport Police Authority
Tel: 020 7383 5678
Email: michael.daventry@btp.pnn.police.uk

About the BTPA

BTPA is an independent body of that oversees the British Transport Police. It is composed of 15 members who represent the rail operators and passengers. It maintains the force’s budget, allocates resources and makes senior appointments to the force. For more information, visit www.btpa.police.uk.

British Transport Police is the specialist, national police service for Britain’s railways. It deals with major and minor crime, disorder and incidents, and covers the rail system in England, Wales and Scotland. Its police officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and support staff are recruited and trained like those of local forces and have the same powers.