Motion S4M-13865: Police Scotland and the BTP

30 Jul 2015

That the Parliament welcomes the proposed merger of the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland into Police Scotland; notes that this would mean that the BTP’s 231 officers would join Police Scotland’s roster of 17,318 officers; considers that it makes no sense to have two separate police forces in Scotland of such radically different sizes, which can lead to confusion over responsibilities; believes that the expertise of the 231 BTP officers must be protected after the merger, especially in relation to reopening rail lines after an incident, and further believes that integrated policing will be in the best interests of the Scottish public.