British Transport Police

British Transport Police

There was a whole raft of activity from BTP all across the UK during #RSW23.

Engaged by the RSW team:

  • BTP shared their initiatives for protecting women and girls from violence at the rail safety week launch conference.
  • They engaged with schools, delivering rail safety assemblies and presentations for students, including a school for pupils with SEND. From talks about rail safety to rail safety quizzes, and exercises to create safety signage, BTP engaged the younger generations on topics including the dangers of crossing misuse, trespass and overhead line equipment.
  • BTP was a prize sponsor of the RSW Children’s colouring competition!
  • During Rail Live, we captured two great videos from different divisions: one of their flight safety leads shared what their drone team do to support safety (watch the video here)and one of their Sergeant’s from the dog section shared what they do to support safety on the rail network (watch the video here).

Activities across the UK including Cardiff & Newport, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Kent, Pontypridd, South Yorkshire, Waterloo, West Scotland and more:

  • PCSO’s were out on patrol, visiting stations, level crossings, signal boxes and footbridges, engaging passengers and staff.
  • Key contact methods were shared: Text: 61016  |  Tel: 0800 40 50 40  |  Railway Guardian App  | In an emergency: Dial 999
  • Lots of collaboration with industry partners, including Transport for Wales – from presentations to TfW new starters, sharing best practice, pop-up events at shopping centres for pupils of local high schools and join patrols and inspections of level crossings; popping up new signage and responding to calls to service.
  • Participation in a Fire Safety Zone event alongside Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue.
  • Officers responded to an instance of youth trespass following a member of the public making BTP and SE Railway aware – their unit was quick to the scene and the individual was taken home, reported and given a community resolution for trespass.
  • BTP Specials Officers attached to the Disruption Tasking Teams took part in a multi-agency exercise alongside colleagues from Network Rail, Northern, North West Ambulance and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue.
  • Participation in Child Safe Media’s Crucial Crew event in Greater Manchester, a multi-agency event educating young people on safety.
  • Delight expressed for the relaunch of Scotland’s Railway ‘Rail Pastors Programme’.
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