Protect every journey


Here at BTP, we highly value the expertise that current serving Police Officers bring, and we regularly recruit transferees from other Forces across England, Wales, and Scotland.

Joining us means embracing a unique experience! You'll discover a better work-life balance, geographical flexibility, and opportunities to cultivate new skills in a distinctive environment. Moreover, you'll have the chance to specialise and work within an exciting, diverse, and supportive community, forging lasting friendships along the way.

We're seeking applicants who embody BTP’s core values of respect, integrity, empathy, courage, and accountability. Those dedicated to upholding our high standards of conduct and who share our passion for delivering exceptional service to the communities we serve and ensuring a safe and reliable rail network.

Our application process is straightforward, followed by a local interview or an assessment centre session. Successful candidates can typically expect to start within 3-6 months, although this timeline may vary. Importantly, upon joining, transferees will have their pay and annual leave entitlements seamlessly carried across!

If you're looking to advance your policing career or seeking a fresh challenge, apply today! You can find a list of our current vacancies here.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a current serving Officer at a Home Office Force (or MOD Police for Detective roles only)
  • Completion of the full probationary period at your current Force
  • Not currently subject to any unsatisfactory performance reviews, action plans, or live warnings.
  • Applicants currently under investigation are requested to apply once the matter is resolved



What rank can I transfer in?

  • We primarily recruit at Constable rank but occasionally consider Sergeant rank and above

What roles do you recruit to?

  • Roles mainly focus on our HUB and Response teams, but we also recruit for CID, Firearms, NPT, and Tasking Teams

Can I transfer on promotion?

  • Transferring on promotion is not possible, but you can bring your NPPF level 2 legal exam across and apply to BTP promotion boards upon joining

Do you accept applications for part time Police Officers?

  • We will consider part time working on a case by case basis. Please contact recruitment before submitting an application who will confirm where we can support your request

What is a talent pool vacancy?

  • We either recruit for specific vacancies or for our talent pool. Successful candidates who come through the talent pool route will be held until a suitable vacancy arises therefore they may have to wait longer to join us

What are the shift patterns?

  • Our shift patterns differ from station to station. If you contact the recruitment team with preferred posting location they will be able to provide an example shift pattern

Can I organise an informal meeting with a local team before application?

  • Absolutely, please contact the recruitment team prior to application

Can I transfer my pension?

  • BTP do not currently have a Bi-lateral agreement with Home Office Forces regarding pensions. Should you choose to transfer to BTP you will enter our CARE scheme and we are unable to transfer your benefits across like for like. The implications of this vary case by case so I would encourage you to contact


Positive action

At BTP 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 decision 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


BTP Re-joiners and Transferees
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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:



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


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.


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.


Maternity, paternity and adoption leave

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


Transport Benevolent Fund

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


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.


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.


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.



Subject to eligibility, police officers can apply for a residential pass or privilege season ticket for rail travel between their home and principal work location.  Police staff may be eligible to apply for an interest free annual season ticket loan which is repayable by ten equal instalments through your salary.

Health and wellbeing benefits


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.


Wellbeing hub

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


Private medical healthcare

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


Eye care provision

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


CSSC Sports and Leisure

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



Preferential rates from Police Mutual available.


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.


When you re-join or transfer to us, you’ll attend an induction course that lasts three weeks 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


BTP have removed any upper age restrictions for Police Officer vacancies.

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 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

There are no educational requirements to join BTP as Transferee/Re-joiner

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.


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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