British Transport Police

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor how many full-time equivalent British Transport Police officers are being paid for by Transport for London, with specific reference to the Tube; London Overground and TfL Rail services; the night tube; Croydon Tramlink; the London Bridge Hub Team and suburban rail neighbourhood policing teams - and what is the current shortfall on these numbers.


Answer for British Transport Police

Answer for British Transport Police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The number of full-time equivalent police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) and police staff are included in the current Policing Service Agreement (PSA) and Enhanced Policing Service Agreements - these are set out below:

London Underground              998 (includes 22 officers in the Emergency Response Unit and Network Incident Response Team)

Night Tube                                          71

London Bridge Hub                            12

London Overground                            79

(Including West Anglia)

TfL Rail                                          7

(Shenfield to Liverpool St)

Croydon Trams                                          4

Neighbourhood Policing               8


BTP50 scheme                             50

(Suburban rail policing)

In March 2017, the number of full-time equivalent posts Transport for London (TfL) budgeted for in these teams was 1,116, with an average vacancy level of 7.8 per cent across all teams and resource types.

That total varies from the PSA figures set out above because there have been some operational changes subsequently agreed that are still to be reflected in the PSA. For example, shift changes have resulted in additional officers being made available for Night Tube, bringing the total to 100.

Under the PSA and EPSAs, TfL pays for the actual number of resources in post.

Since March, the British Transport Police (BTP) has changed the way resources are deployed in London and introduced a new workforce planning system. These two changes, in conjunction with the demands on the BTP due to recent terrorist incidents, mean that more recent data is not available. The more recent numbers will be determined shortly, and I have asked TfL to provide you with an update when they are available.