30 questions about working at British Transport Police
Does British Transport Police require pre-employment background checks? What kind of background check does British Transport Police do and how long does it take to complete?Of course you will be vetted, Criminal records, financial security.
Asked 7 December 2017
Answered 7 December 2017
Are there any specific qualifications required to join the British Transport Police? I checked the website but did not find a definitive answer.You will need to pass the assessment centre like any other force. This includes writen application, English, maths, verbal reasoning, information accuracy etc... If you have qualifications they may help you as most forces recruit straight to supervisory roles if you have a degree and supervisory experience.
Asked 3 February 2019
Answered 3 February 2019
What is the most stressful part about working at British Transport Police?Receiving and processing forms from on duty offices and then inputting them onto the system PNC, Niche as well as other police computers... trying to meet a deadline .. Was offered, but even when you're offered overtime you don't want to do it because the work is so repetitive. You can get tired wrists which could then lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, backache knee ache, all sorts of symptoms which could then make you feel ill and not enjoy the job anymore. There have been a lot of cutbacks of staff due to 2021 redundancy scheme and cut back on training courses as well.
Asked 15 October 2018
Answered 15 October 2018
If you were to leave British Transport Police, what would be the reason?Lack of on the job training. Sink or Swim attitude. Poor quality supervision and management. Blame Culture. Backstabbing. Duplication of information and paperwork. Poorly developed and integrated IT. lack of confidentiality. Low staffing levels. Low morale.
Asked 21 December 2020
Answered 21 December 2020
Do you need a driving licenseNot required however preferred
Asked 29 March 2020
Answered 29 March 2020
What benefits does British Transport Police offer?You get an Oyster card to use on TFL services only. No use if you live out of London.
Asked 28 January 2019
Answered 28 January 2019
How much training do you get before going “live” on calls ?You are exposed to a handful of roleplays before attending live calls, then for 8 weeks you'll be with a mentor who will encourage you to take the lead..
Asked 29 May 2018
Answered 29 May 2018
How are the working hours at British Transport Police?BTP were very good to me regarding flexible hours, I would often work within the core hours between 8 till 6pm and was offered overtime as an additional option.I have a child of school age so I would normally come in between 9 till 5pm, if I couldn't work a particular day maybe due to school strike/or inset training day, or for a hospital appointment for my children, then I would work on a Saturday or Sunday to make up my hours as my bosses were excellent to me.
Asked 14 October 2017
Answered 14 October 2017
What is the paid holiday policy like at British Transport Police? How many days do you get per year?You are entitled to statutory holidays and get back days if you are required to work on public holidays.
Asked 19 February 2021
Answered 19 February 2021
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