FOI request detail

BTP Funding

Request ID: FOI-0312-1718
Date published: 24 July 2017

You asked

Please provide electronic copies of Transport for London’s funding agreement with the British Transport Police which relate to policing on the London Underground for the past 24 months. Please include any separate agreement relating to the policing of the Night Tube service. If not specified in the funding agreements, please provide the numbers of officers BTP is contracted to provide for the Tube and Night Tube under its contracts with TfL/LU.

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TfL Ref: FOI-0312-1718 
 
Thank you for your email received by us on 12 May 2017 asking for information about BTP Funding. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your request.
 
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold the information you require.  You asked:
 
Please provide electronic copies of Transport for London’s funding agreement with the British Transport Police which relate to policing on the London Underground for the past 24 months. Please include any separate agreement relating to the policing of the Night Tube service.
 
If not specified in the funding agreements, please provide the numbers of officers BTP is contracted to provide for the Tube and Night Tube under its contracts with TfL/LU.
 
 
The information you have requested is contained in the attached two documents, which are the current versions of the service agreements and most recent updates agreed under change control.

Under Section 20 of the Railways & Transport Safety Act 2003 (2003 Act), the British Transport Policing Authority (BTPA) is responsible for securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force to police the railways. The current agreement between TfL and BTPA, dated 27 January 2014, relates to the provision of BTP policing services on London Underground along with enhanced policing services for Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink and London Overground. TfL works in close partnership with the BTP and the BTPA to ensure the most effective delivery of transport policing across TfL’s rail services as well as the rest of London’s rail network.
 
Enhanced policing services were added to the Agreement in September 2015 to support the London Underground Night Tube initiative. This was to enable TfL to fund additional BTP resources to ensure that there are an agreed minimum number of resources deployed on duty on the Night Tube lines and stations during the 24 hour periods between Friday and Sunday.

In accordance with section 31 of the FOI Act, some information on pages 29 and 4 of the attached documents have been redacted. In this instance, section 31(1)(a)– prevention or detection of crime - has been applied as disclosing the location of these units could prejudice the prevention and detection of crime and the apprehension of offenders. We are not making any presumption about your intended use of the information, but we must consider disclosure under FOI as a disclosure to the world at large. Disclosing the location of the Emergency Response Units may enable offenders to estimate likely response times to different parts of the network.
 
If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Paulina Tuffour
FOI Case Officer
 
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London
 

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