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Our mission, values and purpose

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Our Values


Our Values are critical to creating an environment where we can all be our best and deliver brilliant outcomes for our people and the public we serve. They support us to achieve our Purpose by guiding every decision we make and every action we take.

  • We are proud to protect
  • We care
  • We do the right thing
  • We strive to be better every day
  • We are one BTP
We are Guardians of the Railway
BTP 2O22: A Year in Review

Our purpose

Our Purpose is to ensure a safe and reliable rail network for all.


Ethical behaviour

We pride ourselves on our professionalism. We expect and demand exemplary standards of behaviour from all our employees – whether at work or home, on or off duty.

As employees in public service we must never forget who we work for and who we represent – whether that’s in person or on social media.


Our principles

We will support our employees to feel valued, included and able to bring their whole selves to work.

We are committed to a culture where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and courtesy – no one should be made to feel uncomfortable or unhappy while at work.

We have a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to inappropriate behaviour of all forms.  This includes intimidation, harassment, disrespect, discrimination, bullying and violence, as well as unfair and unsafe behaviours and practices.

We will act swiftly in response to inappropriate behaviour and will not hesitate to discipline or dismiss those responsible.

We encourage and support those who do the right thing and call out inappropriate behaviour.

We promote workplace wellbeing and positive mental health.

We are aligned to the College of Policing ethical behaviour standards.

We care about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035. 


Vetting Standards

Vetting aims to identify people who are not suitable for work within the police.

Everyone in the police service must maintain high ethical and professional standards and act with integrity.

Therefore, vetting plays a key role in ensuring these standards are maintained and that public confidence in the Force is upheld.

Vetting officers will undertake thorough checks to ascertain an applicant’s suitability as well as those they associate with, i.e partners, parents, siblings & co-residents.

If an applicant refuses to complete the procedure, they will NOT be granted clearance and will have no access to BTP sites or assets.

Click here to find out more about our vetting standards.


Medical standards

British Transport Police genuinely care for our employees.  In certain roles, we understand there will be tasks that can be physically and psychologically demanding and therefore, all new recruits need to be fit and healthy. 

If you join us as a Police Officer (including direct entry and Transferee), Special Constable, Police Community Support Officer or Detention Officer you will also be asked to undertake a job-related fitness test and a medical assessment.

As part the medical assessment you will be asked to complete the following:

  • Medical history questionnaire (completed by all applicants)
  • Medical history questionnaire (completed by General Practitioner)
  • Vision Testing, including colour vision
  • Audio Test
  • BMI, BP
  • Medical Assessment of physical and psychological health
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Drugs and alcohol testing.

NB:  Having a well-managed, pre-existing health condition does not necessarily preclude candidates from undertaking any of our roles.

Click here to find out more about our medical standards.


Your commitment

Demonstrating how you live by our principles is just as important as meeting the competencies and essential criteria for the role you apply for.

This includes:

  • Treating people fairly and impartially
  • Being truthful and honest
  • Doing the right thing
  • Leading by example
  • Being open and transparent in your actions and decisions
  • Being accountable for your decisions and actions.

Find out more about the principles and standards of professional behaviour in policing here.

We have to say this is so important to us that if you don’t agree with the professional standards of behaviour, then we wouldn’t be the right fit for you.