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British Transport Police UK Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Force dreadful management......"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Detective Constable in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Detective Constable in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work all over the UK. If there is a major incident you will be involved in it. Reasonable pay. Core of good police officers in London who are good detectives and thief takers. Basically i was one of a core of tecs who were motivated and keen to get on with the job. During my career I was involved in some interesting cases and sensitive work. The BTP get involved in a lot of jobs that the general public would be likely to be unaware of.

    Cons

    Management are all promotion chasing yes men who keep trying to reinvent the wheel. They will not keep any structure in place for more than five minutes. They treat and bully their own bosses with dreadfully high work load and freeze them out if any dissension is perceived. One very senior officer is a bully.
    Long hours if you put yourself about.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  2. "Just don't do it."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Police Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Okay money and every day was some what different

    Cons

    The jobs (sometimes you were lucky to get one) Some of the staff above let their ego's get involved.


  3. "Good place to work but promotion process means management lack common sense"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job everyday is different good colleagues and supervision

    Cons

    Poor decision making change for change sake then changing back when they realise they made a poor decision

    Advice to Management

    Senior management need to implement change in a more professional and structured


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  5. "Good employer with some issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time

    Pros

    If you are posted too London you get the best kit and overtime.

    Cons

    Outside London resources, kit and finances tend to suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Remember there are other parts of the UK that the force covers.


  6. "Finest officers in the country."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Constable in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Police Constable in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small close knit force,where officers and operational support staff work very well together.

    The force is improving all the time and proffesialism of operational staff is fantastic.

    Cons

    Very senior management do not listen to those on the ground and will not accept concepts are a failure.

    Push through computer work applications which are incomplete and do not properly train staff on.

    IT is a joke, very old systems which are outdated and not supported , for example running Windows XP and poor internet/intranet.

    Not very flexible with the workforce. Shifts are not family friendly change of rest days to cover foreseeable events all too common.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workforce. If your staff are telling you that systems are not working and proper training on how to use the systems are needed, act on it,just don't tell your staff that you are resistant to change.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Whilst working at BTP, I worked at FHQ based in London. I had access to many career development opportunities and was able to undertake tasks that I would not have been able to at other organisations. I felt like I was certainly making a difference and that my work contributed to something important. I have met some great, hardworking people and I was definitely sad to leave.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to meet requirements, once you have met your target you are merely rewarded with more targets to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    More needs to be done to reward employees through base salary pay, as it does not currently meet the market rate.


  8. "Balancing the view"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very focused on making the railway safe and secure. Trying to improve in terms of staff and manager development and very focused on adopting technology to support front line workers. Mostly comprised of very dedicated officers and staff.

    Cons

    Going through an enormous level of change in all areas, particularly technology where starting from a low base. Change is not always well planned and executed, leaving some officers and staff trailing in its wake rather than being part of the change. Currently under pressure to devolve the Scottish Division to police Scotland and awaiting a government review of infrastructure policing. Financial constraints are finally starting to hit BTP. All of this is causing uncertainty, as is the planned introduction of a new roster. Perspectives of senior management are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate more trust and confidence in your people - staff and officers. Then they will trust you back.


  9. "Such a Shame"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being a police officer is one of the most rewarding and satisfying jobs you can hope to have. BTP offer the opportunity to work across the country and take of may different roles. On transferring to BTP I was given more opportunities that I would have received in a home Office force.

    Cons

    The problem with BTP is the senior management. They don't look after their staff, promotion appears to be given in terms of who you know and not what you do. They keep changing everything for the sake of it and more often than not to the determent of its employees. The force keeps bringing in retired officers who want to top their pension up and have no interest in doing their job and I'm afraid removes the opportunity for those already seeking promotion internally which creates a culture where moral is rock bottom. Overall not a good place to work so look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Retire...


  10. "The best unknown force in the country?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Sergeant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Police Sergeant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Left alone by home office, nationwide jurisdiction, Professional reputation by peers. No 'Facebook' crimes to deal with!

    Cons

    You do miss out on certain types of work.

    Advice to Management

    stop changing everything on promotion just for the sake of changing it!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "MY OLD EMPLOYERS THE BTP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Police Officer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at British Transport Police full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    it's the best job in the world being a Police Officer

    Cons

    The BTP are appalling employers with a proven track record of awful welfare for their Officers.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to what the officers tell you and act upon it then you want have them leaving in droves.



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