British Transport Police
Happiness score is 56 out of 100
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About the company

  • Company size
    1,001 to 5,000
  • Revenue
    £75m to £365m (GBP)
  • Industry
    Government & Public Administration
  • Headquarters
  • Link
    British Transport Police website
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Rating is calculated based on 124 reviews and is evolving.



Police Constable in Newcastle upon Tyne
on 29 May 2022
Police force like any other
Great if you work at a mainline station or near an headquarters.If you get a posting out with these areas there is not much scope for advancement.Shifts can be long and hard on family life.
British Transport Police in London
on 28 June 2022
Challenging at times, good team work
High standards from the go, policing can be very challenging at times, No day is the same, In policing anything can happenYou learn something new every day in the job. Like every work place there are issues however if it effects you directly you need to speak up.
Police Officer in East Anglia
on 14 April 2022
Last resort
If you can't get into a homeoffice force then the BTP is the best route into policing.There is a running joke that we are not real police.The job is different from station to station, London you may do more proactive stop searches for drugs or weapons, or if you live rural you'll be investigating scrap metal theft.One thing is certain, you'll be responding to petty fare evasion one minute and picking up body parts the next.Home office get to jobs quicker and make the arrest then often leave you to do the investigation and case files for court.
Police Constable in Scotland
on 7 April 2022
BTP is a fairly decent place to work. Main issues with it nowadays are all the tasking apps you are asked to fill out by management as if you don’t have enough to do.
Detective Constable in Manchester
on 23 March 2022
Transferred to BTP from HO force (as a DC) and have to say it is a well intentioned but amateur outfit always playing catch up. Lots of standing around in uniform like security guards where the real enemy is boredom.Moved to CID where there was little demand for experienced officers to use their considerable skills, or new detectives to be trained.Very few training opportunities despite nunerous requests.The only benefit is there is less demand, thereby enabling you to allocate more attention and time on your investigations and to request necessary support from other departments where in HO forces this would be denied due to costs and demand.The troops are really keen and love getting their teeth stuck into jobs, but sadly there are too few jobs to keep them interested.I saw many many officers resign or transfer out.As for me, I became de-skilled, frustrated and ultimately disinterested. In the 7 years I was with BTP I can only think of 1 job which stretched me. And when it got to court? Well you can guess the rest. The final entry in the Kenneth Williams diaries reads, "Oh what's the bloody point".A sad way to retire from a job i was once good at and enjoyed.

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