BTP Deputy Chief Constable to retire from policing

BTP Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock has announced his retirement from policing after more than 37 years’ service.

DCC Hanstock has made the decision to step down in 2021, having served in three different police forces, and running the operational and governance functions of British Transport Police for the last six years.

DCC Hanstock said: “I have been privileged to serve with some extraordinary people in remarkable and challenging environments, working with the best of the best. Having already worked beyond my expected retirement date after agreeing to an extension last year, I believe that now is an appropriate time for me to step aside and make space for the next generation of talented and committed people who can bring their own style, ideas and approach to current operational and leadership challenge.

“It has undoubtedly been the pinnacle of my career to lead the dedicated police officers, staff and Specials who work with our industry partners operating across England, Scotland and Wales to collectively ensure that the millions of people that pass through our care each day are protected and reassured by BTP’s specialist, highly-responsive policing.”

BTPA Chair Ron Barclay-Smith said, “Adrian was already a very experienced senior police officer when he joined BTP in 2014. BTP officers and staff have since benefitted from his leadership and wisdom and Adrian been instrumental in driving up the professionalism and reputation of the Force since that time.

“The Police Authority has greatly appreciated Adrian’s work with partners in the rail industry. His overall contribution has been huge, and his departure will be keenly felt by the Authority, his colleagues, officers, staff and by industry partners alike.”

DCC Hanstock has agreed a flexible date for his last day of service and BTPA expects to start the recruitment process for a new DCC later this year.