BTPA and Force respond to publication of draft devolution legislation

The British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) has committed to working closely with the Scottish Government following the announcement that policing of the railways in Scotland is to be devolved.

Responding to the announcement on Thursday, 22 January, Chair of the BTPA, Millie Banerjee, said:

“Today’s announcement is about giving the Scottish people the power to decide how the rail network is policed. Work on how this can be done is already underway and we look forward to continuing conversations with the Scottish Government in order to develop the best possible model for policing the railways in Scotland.

“Our main priority is to ensure passengers are not put at risk by any changes.”

Chief Constable of the BTP Paul Crowther said:

“The continued safety and security of the travelling public in Scotland, and the rest of the UK, remains our top priority.

“The public can be assured that while discussions over future reforms take place, we will continue to provide the professional and specialist police service they expect. Despite the uncertainty of recent months, our officers and staff have got on with the job with dedication and professionalism, and they will continue to do so.”

The full Government announcement is available on the Scotland Office website (BTP is covered on page 72).