I am currently a special sergeant with a Home Office force who is also currently in the recruitment phase to become a BTP C Division Police Officer (assessment centre date TBC). I am very much interested in the BTP and although I am also applying for a Home Office PC Role, I have some questions about BTP.
1) I was wondering how things stood in regards of transfers should I want to join a home office force later down the line? Before you think I am using BTP to step sideways into a Home Office force I am not as I could easily see myself staying with BTP throughout the entirety of my career. I am just thinking that after x years if a really appealing position (i.e. Sgt role, CID, Firearms, etc.) came up in a Home Office force, would I be able to apply for it?
2) What are the career opportunities in BTP like? Is there room and support for promotions or to join specialised BTP units? I am aware that many Home Office forces are struggling at the moment with these things but I was wondering whether it is better in BTP?
3) How many people do you work on shift with? I know the team is more spread out but is it regular to be the only BTP response officer in an area at one time or are there a few of you on the same rota?
4) If you arrest someone, how does one book a suspect into custody? Do you use the Home Office Police Force's custody suites or is there another custody suite/ process you must follow?