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Re-joiners and Transferees

Previous transferees have called the British Transport Police the best kept secret to opening doors to a great career. You’ll enjoy a better work-life balance, geographical flexibility, opportunities to gain new skills and the chance to specialise. You’ll work in an exciting, diverse, supportive environment where you will make friends for life. We’re a national force and our work is challenging. Every day brings something new. It takes exceptional people to protect our communities around the 10,000 miles of railway track that we police.

About the role

If you’re an experienced Officer who thrives on challenges, joining BTP will give you an opportunity like no other, to build specialist skills in a unique environment.

In order to be eligible to transfer/ re-join you must:

  • Be transferring from a Home Office force
  • Have successfully completed your probation and be substantive in rank
  • If you are applying as a re-joiner, you must have previously served as a member of a Home Office police Force (or BTP), having successfully completed your probationary period and resigned or retired from that Force

In return for joining us, you can expect an exciting and diverse working environment, where each day will be different and challenging.

Transferee’s and Re-joiners will not be expected to re-start the pay scale for the rank they are applying to. Your salary will be calculated based on your length of service to date. BTP operate the same pay scale as our Home Office counterparts. We also offer location allowances for our Officers based in London, the South East and some stations within C Division.

BTP are committed to Equality and Inclusion in everything we do. We strive to build a working environment that looks like the different communities that we serve and that will encourage all of our employees to progress and develop their careers. 

We welcome your application through one of our advertised opportunities which will be initially screened to ensure that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Once this has been satisfied, the information you have provided in the application form will be assessed.

Benefits

We’re passionate about recognising and rewarding those who help us protect every journey. It’s you who makes the difference, so our benefits are designed with you in mind. Take a look at what’s on offer:

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Pension

We offer a generous pension scheme to all of our employees.

Transferees/Re-joiners will be auto enrolled into our CARE scheme however, you are able to opt out if you wish. It’s important that, as a Transferee/Re-joiner, you understand the implications associated with moving Forces in relation to your pension therefore we suggest you contact your current pension provider and also submit a request to BTP pensions via Pension-queries@btp.police.uk

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Blue Light card

A Blue Light Card costs £4.99 for two years and gives you access to a range of discounts, both online and on the high street.

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Annual leave

Police Officers are entitled to 22 days annual leave rising to 25 days annual leave after two years’ service (maximum of 30 days annual leave with 20 years’ service).

As a Transferee/re-joiner we value your experience and  we will calculate your annual leave on joining BTP based on length of service.

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Maternity, paternity and adoption leave

26 weeks full pay maternity and adoption leave after a qualifying period. Paid paternity leave.

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Transport Benevolent Fund

A charity to support employees in the public transport industry for a small monthly payment.

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Cycle to work scheme

You’ll have the opportunity to hire a bicycle from us to cycle to work and you won’t pay national insurance or tax contributions on what you spend up to £1,000.

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Travel on duty

All Police Officers and Special Constables are entitled to free travel on all National Rail services when on duty, whether or not they are in uniform. Entitlement to travel is granted by the warrant card which must be shown on request, even if wearing BTP uniform.

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Oyster cards

Issued to Police Officers and Special Constables in London for duty, travel to and from work and leisure

Not valid on National Rail Services (TfL services only)
London Ferry Bus Service (Clipper services) and Emirates excluded.

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Season ticket loan

All Police Officers can apply for a residential pass or privilege season ticket for rail travel between their home and principal work location. 

Free residential rail travel is granted:

Up to 70 miles for Police Officers working in London or locations in South East England.

Up to 8 miles for Police Officers and PCSO’s working at all other locations. There are rules around this benefit, for more information contact: recruitmentteam@btp.police.uk.

Health and wellbeing benefits

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Employee assistance

BTP’s employee assistance programme is a free, confidential service which supports our employees in resolving personal problems and improving their overall wellbeing.

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Wellbeing hub

Internal knowledge hub containing news, information and resources on a variety of topics, wellbeing events and details of all our support services.

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Private medical healthcare

Private health insurance is available to Superintendents and Police staff in grades C003 and C004 and above and their families.

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Eye care provision

Computer users are entitled to eye care examinations and glasses paid for by BTP.

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CSSC Sports and Leisure

A not-for-profit organisation positively promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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Insurance

Preferential rates from Police Mutual available.

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Armed Forces Covenant

We are silver accredited under the Armed Forces Covenant and we support Territorial forces reservists, including paid time off to participate in training.

Training

When you re-join or transfer to us, you’ll attend an induction course that lasts two weeks and three days at our training centre in London. Accommodation and travel is provided for those that require it. This course will cover all the mandatory Police Officer training including Personal Safety, First Aid and Track Safety.

If your new role is within a specialist team, then your division will provide any further training needed. Re-joiners may be asked to complete additional training if after assessment, it is decided that you have been away from policing for an extended period of time and your training needs are not covered sufficiently within the induction course. This will always be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

We’re committed to your continued development and career progression and will give you all the support you need. In fact, you’ll attend various internal and external training courses so that you can develop the skills you need to progress through the ranks.

The Application Process

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Your application will initially be screened to ensure that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Once this has been satisfied, the information you have provided in the application form will be assessed.

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All officer assessments within BTP are conducted against the College of Policing’s Competencies and Values Framework (CVF).

Further information regarding the CVF can be found on the College of Policing website.

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This will include employment reference checks and vetting.

BTP conduct their own vetting, so despite being vetted with your home office force, you will still be required to undergo BTP vetting as part of the recruitment process. Please note that some roles do require higher levels of vetting which will be communicated to you at application stage.

You’ll receive your offer letter or contract once these security checks have been successfully completed.

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You’ll also be asked to attend a comprehensive medical assessment, which will be conducted by a doctor or registered nurse. The medical assessment is thorough and includes checks of your eyesight, hearing, blood pressure and body mass. This will help us to determine whether or not you have the level of health that is required for the role. You will also be required to pass a drugs and alcohol test.

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We understand that it's only natural to want to prepare for the recruitment process to support you through both your application, we occasionally hold application and assessment centre workshops.

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Eligibility

Before you make the decision to apply, you’ll need to make sure that you meet our eligibility criteria.

Right to work in the UK

To join us, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK without any restrictions.

Residency

All applicants must have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 -5 years, dependant on the level of vetting required for the role you are apply for.

This is required to ensure we can conduct adequate vetting checks and applies equally to all applicants, regardless of nationality.

Age

There is no maximum age for applications for any role except for Police Constables.

For Transferees/Re-joiners, applicants are considered on a case by case basis based on the compulsory retirement age of 60.

Convictions and cautions

You will not be eligible to apply if you have ever received a prison sentence.

All other cautions, convictions and involvement with the police must be declared during the vetting process. This will not necessarily result in your application being withdrawn, as all applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Financial position

As part of your checks we will verify your financial position. Employees hold a privileged position and have access to a range of sensitive and valuable information. Potentially, this means employees are a heightened risk of being vulnerable to corruption. This means, applicants must to be free from the pressure of undischarged debts or liabilities and to be able to manage loans and debts sensibly.

Tattoos

Tattoos are not acceptable if:

  • They are on your face
  • Above the collar line on the front or side of your neck,
  • Are large on the back of your neck and cannot be easily covered
  • They could be considered in any way offensive, regardless of their location.

Visible tattoos are permissible on other areas of the body including hands, arms, legs, feet and on the back of the neck (providing the tattoo is discreet and behind the ear lobe).

Discreet tattoos on the ear are also considered acceptable. Consideration will be given to tattoos on the face that were necessary following medical procedures or for cosmetic procedures e.g. eyebrows.

You are encouraged to contact the recruitment team if you are at all unsure about your tattoos and we will advise you wherever possible.

You can do this by emailing us.

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Inappropriate associations

You have to be able to conduct your role and responsibilities impartially and effectively. This means if you are currently, or have even been, associated with any group, society or individuals that could reasonably represent a conflict of interest, then you will not be eligible to apply.

Education and skills

Each role will specify what qualifications are a requirement for appointment. For training and development purposes you may be required to produce examination certificates. If you are still in, or have recently left full-time education, we may also ask for a reference from the relevant institution.

Business interests

You will need to declare any other employment or business interest you have and intend to maintain so that this can be reviewed to ensure no conflict of interest.

You will not normally be eligible for appointment as a Police Officer if you hold any other office or employment for hire or gain, or if you carry on any business in addition to being a Police Officer.

It is important you know that your spouse or any relative living with you also can’t hold or have financial interest in any licence or permit relating to alcohol licensing, refreshment houses or betting and gaming or the regulation of places of entertainment in the Force area.

Health and medical

Our employees may encounter situations that can be stressful, traumatic and at times, physically confrontational. Our people can work long hours and cover rotating shifts, so the role can be physically and mentally demanding. Therefore, it is important our employees are in good health to be able to undertake their duties safely.

To ensure we can support our employees’ wellbeing, we’ll ask you to provide relevant details of your health and medical history in accordance with any questions we have to ask during the application process.

Applicants with disabilities

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and will do all we can to make reasonable adjustments where possible. 

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