British Transport Police

Join us and you’ll be providing specialist policing across the country. This is your opportunity to work in a unique environment and deal with rewarding challenges that you won’t find in any other Force.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are police staff who patrol with our officers and have specific powers under railway byelaws. PCSO Joyce Ajetunmobi explains more about the role of a PCSO within BTP.

We protect and police 10,000 miles of track and 3,000 railway stations and depots every day. We police the London Underground system, the Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro Tram System, the Croydon Tramlink, the Sunderland Metro and the Glasgow Subway. We move and safeguard around six million people every day.


These are unique policing environments, with unique sets of needs. Our police officers and staff provide specialist policing across the country. Furthermore, with the latest technology at our disposal we’re able to deal with rail crime that crosses counties and networks.

Our people have to be trained to the highest standards in order to meet these needs. It’s a challenging environment, one with everything you would experience in another police force and quite a lot more.

Equality and Diversity

We want a workforce that represents the community it serves. We’ve actually made great progress towards achieving this and we are proud that British Transport Police has the second highest proportion of BME Officers.  This is not an insignificant achievement but neither is it ‘job done’ for improving diversity.

Diversity matters. Diversity helps us to build bridges between the police and groups who traditionally feel disconnected from us. This speaks to the public’s trust and confidence in the police; it speaks to the ability for a young black male to feel that we will treat him fairly or for a woman to feel confident reporting a sexual assault to us. These are serious issues and we do not shy away from addressing them and nor should we.

Despite that seriousness, the action we take is actually quite subtle. We hold workshops aimed at BMEs and females to dispel common myths about policing, give the candidates a good idea of what to expect from the job and the recruitment process and help them feel confident to apply. Should these candidates fall out of that process we contact them to understand why and, in some cases, provide development where they fell short, encouraging them to reapply again in the future. Regardless of their characteristics, everyone has to meet the same rigorous standards and every application, test and interview is scored on its own individual merits alone and absolutely no other factors.

Why Join Us

Join us and you’ll be providing specialist policing across the country. This is your opportunity to work in a unique environment and deal with rewarding challenges that you won’t find in any other Force.

You’ll be joining some of the best people in their field. You’ll share their enthusiasm for exemplary customer service, both internally and externally, and be able to make the most of your good commercial acumen.

We’ll reward your ambition and drive with the expert training you need to excel and to protect six million people every day. Your career development opportunities will be second to none with the possibility of taking on more responsibility, transferring to specialist units or choosing to go on secondment.

Here, you’ll be able to deal with unique situations that will challenge you. You’ll be amongst like-minded, talented people who share your passion for a job very well done. You can expect your salary to be competitive and your benefits to include:

  • Up to 28 days annual leave for Police Staff and Up to 22 days for Police Officers.
  • Cycle to Work scheme – you’ll have the opportunity to hire a bicycle from us to cycle to work and you won’t pay National Insurance or tax contributions on what you spend up to £1,000.
  • Season ticket loan – after your probationary period, we’ll give you an interest free loan that you’ll pay back straight through payroll each month.
  • Financial Services Benefits via Police Mutual.

Police officers are often eligible for Key Worker Housing which can help you to get on the property ladder through government backed low cost ownership options.

Over 1,100 different roles

There are four different ways to join the frontline of BTP:

It is the vital role of our Police Staff to support the operations of our Force. It takes every one of our 1400+ police staff to ensure our 3400+ officers can police 10,000 miles of track and face all of the challenges they meet. This takes leadership, policy development, national strategic planning, monitoring, quality control and advice functions for the organisation.

Our key departments are:
  • People and Development
  • Information Services
  • Learning and Development
  • Finance and Procurement
  • Corporate Communications

Have a look at which one is right for you.

We want to hear from you!

We have a positive equal opportunities policy to ensure all applicants are treated fairly. We welcome applications from all areas of the community regardless of age, disability, race, colour, religious belief, marital status, gender or sexual orientation.

We work closely with Support Groups when we arrange recruitment campaigns, on the impact assessment of new policies and procedures or how to adapt the working environment.