BTPA appoints interim Chief Executive

British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) today announced the appointment of Paul Coen as interim Chief Executive.

Mr Coen was formerly Chief Executive of the Local Government Association and has wide experience spanning both the private and public sector, with over 20 years in senior local government roles.

BTPA Chairman Millie Banerjee said: “We are delighted Paul is able to join the BTPA on an interim basis. I look forward to working closely with him to help British Transport Police deliver an even safer rail network, overseen by an effective police authority.”

Chief Executive Richard Hemmings is currently on extended sick leave.

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.