Police Officer – London (B-Division)

Posted on 1st Feb 2024

Police Officer – London (B-Division)

The British Transport Police is currently on the lookout for future Police Officers.

“BTP truly is a unique police force with a real family atmosphere. We care deeply about what we do; serving the public and assisting our people. Our work really matters. If you want to make a really positive difference to millions of people using the network every day, BTP is the place for you!” – Chris Casey, Divisional Commander London & South East England


Can you work in London and surrounding areas?


Recruitment for Police Officers is ongoing in both Inner and Outer London, including stations such as Kings Cross, Euston, Wembley, Croydon, Clapham Junction, West Ham, Waterloo, Stratford, Luton, and Stevenage, among others.

Please note: You are unable to specify a particular Inner London location, but your posting will be considered in alignment to where you live. Holding a valid driving licence is desirable in the outer London areas.


Is this the role for you?


As a Police Officer with the British Transport Police, you'll hold a vital role in safeguarding and ensuring the safety and well-being of millions of passengers, staff, and the public. Offering one of the highest starting salaries for PCs across England & Wales, along with an attractive benefits package, this opportunity provides geographical flexibility, national working opportunities, and professional development.

This role includes a diverse range of duties, from addressing serious and organised crimes to tackling issues like graffiti and theft. As part of an an encouraging team dedicated to upholding the law, preventing crime, and delivering exceptional service, your duties will include patrolling, emergency approach, criminal investigation, intelligence gathering, and public reassurance which will improve public assurance and confidence in us.

Joining the British Transport Police offers comprehensive training programs, continuous learning, and opportunities for specialisation in areas such as Counter-terrorism, CID, or County Lines.

Progression and specialisation aren't just possibilities; they're priorities within our specialist police force.


In return for your dedication, you will receive:


  • The basic starting salary is £29,751 rising year-on-year to a maximum of £46,044 per annum after 5 years.
  • Locations within Inner London attract a regional allowance to reflect the increased cost of living. This includes: £7,224 for Inner London (£4338 London Allowance plus £2,886 London Weighting Allowance) from day 1 of training.
  • Oyster card to use at any time.
  • Voucher and incentive schemes such as cycle-to-work as well as a wide range of high street and online discounts.
  • Continued investment in learning; helped by our in-house talent & development teams.
  • A highly rewarding pension scheme (Career Average Revalued Earnings).
  • 22 days holiday (rising to 30 days with service).



We do need to let you know that you will not be eligible to apply if:


  • You have been unsuccessful following a BTP Police Officer or Special Constable interview in the last 6 months.
  • You have been unsuccessful following BTP vetting checks within the last 12 months. 
  • You have ever received a custodial sentence (other cautions, convictions and involvement with the police must be declared during the vetting process but are not necessarily a bar to employment).
  • You have previously been dismissed from another force or you currently have a live investigation. 
  • You have been declared bankrupt, have a CCJ or an un-managed IVA.
  • You have tattoos that are deemed offensive; tattoos on face and neck will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • You do not have permanent right to live and work in the UK. 



Benefit from Positive Action?


At the British Transport Police, we are proud guardians of the railway, and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our choice making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone, and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions. If you have the skills, experience, and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

For more information on Positive Action please click here or email the team on part-recruitment@btp.police.uk


Essential Skills and Reasons to Apply:


To thrive in this role, you'll need to embrace variety and be adept at handling demanding situations. Excellent communication skills, the ability to build rapport with people from diverse backgrounds, diplomacy, composure under pressure, and quick choice-making skills are vital. While the hours may be unconventional and some situations mentally, physically, and deeply taxing, rest assured that your contributions are making a real difference, with ample help provided when needed.


Want to apply?


Applying is straightforward, with all applications completed online. Ensure all questions are answered to avoid having your application declined.

Please note: this campaign is for new recruits only, we do not allow for transferees as part of this campaign. Should you wish to apply to BTP via the transferee route, you will need to apply directly to a transferee advert once live.

The application deadline is 23:00 hours on Sunday 30th June 2024. Early submission is encouraged to avoid disappointment. So do not delay and apply today.


Join us:


Bring your professionalism, dedication, and motivational skills on board – and be part of a police force like no other. For inquiries or assistance, feel free to contact our friendly team at RecruitmentTeam@btp.police.uk.


If you're passionate about serving your community and ensuring the safety and security of millions of commuters, staff, and the public, then this could be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Join us in safeguarding our railways and making a real difference in the lives of those who rely on them every day.

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