I am a serving police officer and have been for 9 years and I must say the job is pretty good. I work well with partner agencies such as HA, Bordering Forces, Social Services etc but my continued involvement with the British Transport Police has left me wandering why we actually still have a Police force solely for our railways?
We often get calls from BTP Control asking us to attend incidents on the railway they do not have any resources the area, despite the fact they have a major train station just 10miles away which has a BTP station.
It's happened to me about 5 times now and the worst was a 'one under' back in 2010 where BTP had to send resources from 40 miles away needless to say I was first on scene and took control of it until BTP arrived. I'm struggling to see in the current climate how BTP can survive as a police service.
If Network Rail want to turn it into a Security team then let them do so or perhaps the Home Office would like to give them more responsibility? The motorways perhaps? And airports?