British Transport Police –
Challenges and Solutions
Stephen Thomas QPM
Assistant Chief Constable, Operations
British Trans...
British Transport Police
Challenges and Solutions
Stephen Thomas
Assistant Chief Constable
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Challenges and Solutions
1. Disruption

Fatalities
Cable Theft
(At 6th March 2014 all disruption 508,403 minutes down from...
Fatalities - The Problem
• Increasing numbers of suicides and attempted
suicides
• Traditional Police approach – think Mur...
Fatality Scene
Fatalities
Action Taken and Lessons Learnt
• Process Map / Analyse / Review
• Academic Research
• Review Unexplained Fatal...
Fatalities
Action Taken and Lessons Learnt
• Partnership Working – Samaritans, NHS, Industry
• CCTV – stations and trains
...
Fatalities- Success
2011/12

2012/13

2013/14
(April – Feb)

Average Line
Hand Back

113min

83min

75mins

Unexplained
Cl...
Cable Theft – The Problem
Cable Theft

• Metal theft increasing over past five years
• Driven by a growing global demand f...
Cable Theft – National Strategy
• Increase the effort required to steal metal – protective
security to reduce vulnerabilit...
Cable Theft
Action Taken and Lessons Learnt
• Government Support Legislation and Budget (DfT £5m,
HO £750k)
• Network Rail...
Cable Theft - Success
Network Rail National Performance
Cable Theft Impact Summary - Last 3 Years
Incidents

Delays

Cost
...
Theft of Passenger Property –
The Problem
Despite an overall downward trend in crime in recent years,
Theft of Passenger P...
Theft of Passenger Property –
The Problem
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Theft from the person
Theft on train
Mobile phones the most att...
Theft of Passenger Property
Action Taken and Lessons Learnt
• Intelligence led directed patrols –uniform and covert
• Incr...
Theft of Passenger Property –
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Stephen Thomas, QPM Assistant Chief Constable, Operations, British Transport Police (BTP)

  1. 1. British Transport Police – Challenges and Solutions Stephen Thomas QPM Assistant Chief Constable, Operations British Transport Police (BTP)
  2. 2. British Transport Police Challenges and Solutions Stephen Thomas Assistant Chief Constable 2
  3. 3. Challenges and Solutions 1. Disruption Fatalities Cable Theft (At 6th March 2014 all disruption 508,403 minutes down from 525,747 minutes) 2. Theft of Passenger Property 3
  4. 4. Fatalities - The Problem • Increasing numbers of suicides and attempted suicides • Traditional Police approach – think Murder then work down / Risk Averse / Coroner • Complex and challenging incidents • A rise in unexplained classifications • High volume of disruption and delay • Stranded passengers • Public at risk – such as Passengers detraining
  5. 5. Fatality Scene
  6. 6. Fatalities Action Taken and Lessons Learnt • Process Map / Analyse / Review • Academic Research • Review Unexplained Fatality classifications • Liaison with Chief Coroner for England & Wales • New Fatality Management Guidance • Purchased equipment to aid the partial re opening of the railway including body coverings and cameras • Training / awareness introduced for all BTP / Rail staff • Introduction of Fatality Response Officers to support scene activities and body recovery
  7. 7. Fatalities Action Taken and Lessons Learnt • Partnership Working – Samaritans, NHS, Industry • CCTV – stations and trains • Engineering Solutions – Reduce Vulnerability • All fatalities are reviewed and lessons learnt and best practice is captured and disseminated • The same innovative approach to reducing all police related disruption including trespass, people in precarious positions, vandalism, graffiti and level crossing misuse • A strategy introduced to reduce primary and reactionary disruption minutes
  8. 8. Fatalities- Success 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 (April – Feb) Average Line Hand Back 113min 83min 75mins Unexplained Classifications 101 30 10
  9. 9. Cable Theft – The Problem Cable Theft • Metal theft increasing over past five years • Driven by a growing global demand for metal • Cash in hand disposal • Deloitte: £220 – £260 Million • ACPO: £770 Million • HMRC: £1 Billion tax avoidance • Network rail: £20 Million in last 3 years (£ 36 Million ??) 9
  10. 10. Cable Theft – National Strategy • Increase the effort required to steal metal – protective security to reduce vulnerability • Increase the risk to offenders – detection and targeted enforcement • Reduce the ease and reward to offenders of selling stolen metal –stolen metal identification and reduced cash benefits • Increase the risk to dealers of handling stolen goods – greater responsibility to take all reasonable step RESTICTED 10
  11. 11. Cable Theft Action Taken and Lessons Learnt • Government Support Legislation and Budget (DfT £5m, HO £750k) • Network Rail / Partnership Working / SMDA • ACPO Metal Theft Working Group / Taskforce • Fusion Intelligence Unit • Regional Network / Bids Panel • Days of Action - 25 (33 Police Forces) • Op Tornado – SMD Voluntary Scheme • Operation Baltic – Ports • Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (1st October – 1st December) 11
  12. 12. Cable Theft - Success Network Rail National Performance Cable Theft Impact Summary - Last 3 Years Incidents Delays Cost 2011/12 845 344,680 £12,000,679 2012/13 287 160,271 £5,823,646 2013/14 168 61,092 £2,255,703 1,300 566,043 £20,080,028 Total 12
  13. 13. Theft of Passenger Property – The Problem Despite an overall downward trend in crime in recent years, Theft of Passenger Property (TPP) was on the increase 2010/11 16,608 2011/12 14,892 2012/13 17,481 This shows a 5.26% increase from 2010/11 and a 17.39% increase from 2011/12. 7 March 2013 - Operation Magnum on London Underground 10 June 2013 – Operation Magnum nationally 13
  14. 14. Theft of Passenger Property – The Problem • • • • • • • • Theft from the person Theft on train Mobile phones the most attractive item for thieves End of line reporting an issue Intelligence gaps around the criminal market Mixture of planned thefts and opportunistic thefts Mixture of individuals and groups Mixture of domestic and foreign offenders but a trend for Eastern European offenders especially in London 14
  15. 15. Theft of Passenger Property Action Taken and Lessons Learnt • Intelligence led directed patrols –uniform and covert • Increase the risk to offenders – detection and targeted enforcement • Anticipate spikes of reported crime and plan accordingly • Explore the market and reduce cash benefits to offenders • Increase the risk to dealers of handling stolen goods • Partnership / joint industry and police working • Public information to reduce vulnerability • Exploit Technology – tracking / identification / CCTV • IMEI and/or Serial Number - investigations and repatriation of property to owners • Focus on Lost Property Offices 15
  16. 16. Theft of Passenger Property – Public Information Materials 16

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