New Chief Constable for British Transport Police

British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) has today announced Andrew Trotter as the next Chief Constable of British Transport Police.

Mr Trotter has been the Deputy Chief Constable for more than five years and was appointed at the end of a rigorous selection process.

BTPA Chairman Millie Banerjee said she is confident he will build on the transformation BTP has seen in the last eight years: “the next Chief Constable faces the challenging agenda of a difficult financial climate and increasing demands on the Force. I am confident Andy will deliver.”

BTP Chief Constable Ian Johnston said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Police Authority have been able to select Andy Trotter as the next Chief Constable of BTP. Andy has a vast experience of policing and in his new elevated role will bring fresh ways of continuing to improve the service the Force provides. He has shown outstanding leadership as my deputy, and I know will be a first class Chief Constable.”

Andrew Adonis, Minister for rail, said: “I was delighted to hear that Andy Trotter has been chosen to be the new Chief Constable of the British Transport Police. Ian Johnston has done a superb job in making the BTP the efficient and effective force it is today. I am sure that Andy will prove an excellent successor and I very much look forward to working with him.”

Andy Trotter takes command of more than 4000 police officers and staff across the country, all of whom are committed to making the railways a safer place for passengers and rail staff.

Mr Johnston will remain in office until the summer. BTPA will advertise for a new Deputy Chief Constable in due course.

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.