British Transport Police (BTP) employs over a 1000 support staff in a diverse range of areas and disciplines. By providing a professional service in areas such as Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement, Police Staff within BTP are able to support and facilitate front line officers in carrying out their operational duties.
The railways lie at the heart of Britain's community, commerce and industry and the Government's integrated transport policy promises to give them an increasing role in the life and prosperity of the nation. Over five million passenger journeys and over a quarter of a million tonnes of freight is moved from depots to docks every day on Britain's railways. The British Transport Police has the unique task of ensuring that all this takes place within a safe and secure environment.
The British Transport Police (BTP) is dedicated to tackling crime on Britain’s railways, up and down the country. Every day, we police the journeys of over six million passengers and 400,000 tonnes of freight over 10,000 miles of track.
For us, travelling is about more than just getting there. It’s about ensuring safety and security all the way. Right now, we are looking for motivated individuals of the highest calibre to help us protect anyone who travels by train.
Name: Jonathan Jules
What attracted you to becoming a PCSO at BTP?
I have always been interested in a career in the police service but was not sure which field I wanted to go into. I first worked at the Metropolitan Police as a Police Community Support Officer and during my 2 year service there I had the opportunity to work alongside the BTP in joint operations. I found the work of the BTP extremely interesting and I was keen to learn more. After talking with BTP Police Officers and hearing their accounts of the day to day things they came across and dealt with, I decided that the BTP was the force for me.
What happened when you joined?
I transferred to the BTP in December 2004, having joined as one of the first eight PCSOs. I and my colleagues where quickly integrated into the BTP family, and were looked upon as a positive development in relation to reassurance and community lead policing.
What work have you been involved in?
During my time with the force I have been heavily involved in policing a range of events from London's Notting Hill Carnival, to the aftermath of the July 7th terrorist attacks. Another part of my role is to be the eyes and ears of the force - generally people are more comfortable talking to PCSOs as we are not Police Officers, and from this I have provided Officers with useful intelligence which has lead to high-quality results.
Would you recommend working as a PCSO?
Yes, if you enjoy working in a fast paced, ever changing environment, meeting people from all walks of life and the excitement of not knowing what tomorrow holds, then I highly recommend a career as a BTP PCSO
Jonathan Jules is a Police Community Support Officer who started in December 2004 and works in London.
Salary: £23,259 per annum
We are looking to fill vacancies within the following locations: