FOI request detail

TFL Funding for British Transport Police in London

Request ID: FOI-0065-1718
Date published: 02 May 2017

You asked

I work for Southeastern at Bromley South Railway Station and there has been a Neighbourhood Policing Team from the British Transport Police based there since 2009. It consisted of one Sergeant and six Constables. They were there to provide 80% of their time being visible and providing reassurance. I believe the team was paid for by TFL. I have been informed by the team they are no longer to be a Neighbourhood Team anymore and have been split into smaller teams of 3 covering sectors instead of looking after a group of stations. I believe this will reduce their visibility and presence in my area. I would like to know if TFL are still paying BTP for the Bromley NPT and if they were consulted or advised of the changes to the policing in South London?

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-0065-1718


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 9 April 2017 asking for information about policing.


Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.


From January 2009, TfL have funded seven enhanced Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) in order to deliver a 2008 Mayoral manifesto commitment to fund 50 additional BTP officers deployed onto the suburban rail network in areas with high levels of crime. TfL continues to fund one of these teams, consisting of one police sergeant and six police officers, for the purpose of policing Bromley South – TfL is advised by BTP that this team is based at Shortlands. TfL is aware that BTP is introducing changes to its policing model from April 2017 and have confirmed that TfL funding continues to be used for these services at the present time.


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Lee Hill

Senior FOI Case Officer


FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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