BTP chief constable to leave after eight years

Chief Constable Ian Johnston announced today he is to leave British Transport Police (BTP) when his contract expires in September 2009. Having been in the post for eight years, he has decided not to seek a further renewal of his contract. He will leave behind a distinguished record of achievement.

“I would like to recognise Chief Constable Johnston’s immense contribution to reforming railway policing in Britain,” said Millie Banerjee, chairman of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA). “Under his leadership, BTP has been transformed into a force that delivers its targets to railway users and operators in a cost-effective and efficient way.

“It will be difficult to find a replacement who can match his dedication and energy.”

BTPA is keen to have Mr Johnston’s successor in place in time for a formal handover, and is expecting to make the appointment by the end of April.

Odgers Ray & Berndtson has been appointed to conduct the recruitment process. The position will be advertised in The Sunday Times this weekend and in selected policing journals next week.

For more information, contact

Michael Daventry
Communications Officer
British Transport Police Authority
Tel: 020 7383 5678
Email: [email protected]

About British Transport Police Authority

BTPA is an independent body of that oversees the British Transport Police. It is composed of 14 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

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.