British Transport Police (BTP) - funding

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What action have you taken to ensure that TfL funding provided to the BTP is being used to pay for police officers on TfL routes?


Answer for British Transport Police (BTP) - funding

Answer for British Transport Police (BTP) - funding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through the Police Services Agreement and the annual budget setting process, Transport for London (TfL) agrees an establishment of officers, police community support officers and police staff with the British Transport Police (BTP) that is funded by TfL. TfL pays only for the officers employed to police the transport network in London, as agreed in the budget setting process, and does not pay for vacancies.

TfL has rigorous processes in place to scrutinise BTP's costs as well as to monitor levels of performance, service and delivery to ensure the best policing service is received on TfL routes.