British Transport police
The Department for Transport (DfT) aims to reduce crime and fear of crime on public transport by encouraging our partners and operators to work together in developing, disseminating and evaluating good practice in crime reduction initiatives.

British Transport Police (BTP)

The British Transport Police is the national police force for the railways, providing a police service to rail operators, their staff and passengers throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

The BTP is also respon­si­ble for polic­ing the Lon­don Under­ground sys­tem, the Dock­lands Light Rail­way, the Mid­land Metro Tram Sys­tem and Croy­don Tramlink.

The BTP Author­ity was estab­lished on 1 July 2004 under the Rail­ways and Trans­port Safety Act 2003. The Author­ity, which is clas­si­fied as an exec­u­tive Non Depart­men­tal Pub­lic Body of the Depart­ment for Trans­port, has a statu­tory duty to main­tain an effi­cient and effec­tive police force for the railways.

The BTP is funded by the rail indus­try and the Author­ity is respon­si­ble for set­ting its annual bud­get. The Chair of the Author­ity and other mem­bers, con­sist­ing of a mix of indus­try and non-industry mem­bers, are appointed directly by the Sec­re­tary of State for Transport.

Bus drivers

The safer travel on buses and coaches panel (STOP) has been formed to look at ways to reduce assaults, anti-social behaviour and vandalism on vehicles, at stops and stations and property. For further information, see Bus crime.

Recognising the safety issues involved for bus drivers whose job it is to drive a bus while taking responsibility for schoolchildren, we commissioned research and developed ‘The School Run training programme’, designed to help bus drivers manage situations of conflict as well as address schoolchildren’s perception of acceptable behaviour on buses.

Bus crime

Personal security across the whole journey

A qualitative analysis of passenger perceptions of measures introduced to enhance personal security while travelling on public transport, including their awareness of the measures and of any accompanying publicity, and factors which enhance or inhibit the success of these measures.

Personal security of taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers

Taxi and PHV drivers often have to work in isolated places, at night, deal with strangers and carry cash, all of which makes them particularly vulnerable to violence. This section contains guidance notes for taxi and PHV drivers on measures they can take to stay safe.

Railway stations

Our Secure Stations Scheme provides an incentive for station operators to improve security and reduce the public’s fear of crime at overground and underground rail stations. Launched in 1998 the scheme accredits individual stations which work with the British Transport Police (BTP) and partners in order to meet set standards in implementing security measures.