British Transport Police has reduced senior ranks by 20% to help boost front line policing.

Friday, 08 April, 2011

Twenty one officers of Chief Inspector, Superintendent and Chief Superintendent rank have taken voluntary severance under a scheme designed to save £9m over the next five years.

Chief Constable Andy Trotter said:

"I am determined to protect our front line service from budget cuts. I want more officers out there, particularly late at night, to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and to provide a visible reassurance to the public.

"I have taken swift action to reduce back office costs and senior ranks. This has been a quick and cost effective way of reducing salary costs, which safeguards money that will help increase the visibility and availability of front line officers and staff."

Ensuring BTP has the leadership and resilience to improve its service following the departure of these experienced officers is a key management task for 2011/12.

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