Date lodged: 22 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what plans are in place to maintain specialist railway policing expertise within Police Scotland.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 1 March 2017
The Scottish Government's Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill was published on 8th December, with the objective of paving the way for the integration of the British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland.
Police Scotland has confirmed to the Scottish Parliament that its intention would be to maintain a specialist railway policing function within the broader Police Scotland structure. This will retain the skills, knowledge and experience that BTP officers and staff have built and embed railway policing within the wider local, specialist and national resources of Police Scotland.