Date lodged: 2 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports in The Scotsman on 2 August 2017 that officers have begun leaving the British Transport Police ahead of its integration into Police Scotland, and what action it will take to offer assurances to officers.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 September 2017
Integration will provide a single command structure for policing in Scotland with seamless access to wider support facilities and specialist resources, providing an enhanced service provision to the rail industry and travelling public.
We greatly value the work of BTP officers and staff in keeping people safe. Maintaining and improving safety and security is our main priority and Police Scotland will maintain a dedicated railway policing unit protected within the broader structure of the force.
The Scottish Government has consistently given assurances throughout the passage of the Railway Policing (Scotland) Act 2017 that terms and conditions, pay and pensions of BTP officers and staff will be the same as they are currently, or that an equivalent level of benefit will be provided to ensure that transfer takes place on a no-detriment basis.