Police Officer – Inner London, Southend, Milton Keynes, York, Hull and Middlesbrough

03 Jan 2022
03 Feb 2022
Full Time
Contract Type


B Division, C Division


Milton Keynes, Southend, Hull, Middlesborough, York, Greater London Area


Police Constable (PC)

Part/Full Time  

Full Time

Type Of Contract  


London Allowance  


London Police Weight  



We are recruiting Police Officers! Join us and make a difference.

  • The starting salary for a Police Officer is £24,780. However, for Inner London postings you will also attract allowances which increases your annual salary to £31,686 per annum.
  • You do not need to have, or need to earn, a degree to join us.
  • You can apply to us even if you have a live application with another police force.

Join British Transport Police as a new Police Constable and you’ll play a really important role on the frontline, where you will provide a professional service in an environment like no other.

British Transport Police is unique. We are a national police force, working closely with the rail industry to ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year across the rail network throughout Great Britain, including the London Underground. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding and ever changing.

Our job is to keep the travelling public and people who work on the railway safe from harm. Our aim is to ensure people get home safe, secure and on time every day. It’s a big task and it means our officers need talent and the will to succeed.

What should you expect?

Whoever you are, our Police Officers have to be the best they can be. Situations can change in a split second, so you need to be ready for anything. Whether it’s patrolling, responding to an emergency, investigating criminal activity, gathering intelligence or reassuring members of the public, you’ll need to be responsible, visible and effective.

You’ll maintain order, carry out arrests and work with the industry and communities to combat crime. This role offers variety like no other; you will cover lots of things ranging from serious and organised crimes to graffiti and theft.  Wherever and whenever you’re needed, you’ll be there.

What skills do you need to apply?

  • As one of our Police Officers, you’ll need to love variety and to not shy away from what can sometimes be difficult situations.
  • You will need to be a natural communicator who is able to build instant rapport with people from all walks of life.
  • As an officer, you’ll need to be diplomatic in your approach and able to remain calm under pressure.
  • You will need to be able to make decisions quickly and effectively.

Why would you apply?

We know this isn’t an easy job and the hours can be unsocial but there are few other careers that are as interesting and fulfilling.

There will be some situations that will test you mentally, physically and emotionally but you can be safe in the knowledge you are making a difference and will have the support you need from us.

There will be a mixture of shifts (days, nights, weekends) but no two will ever be the same.

You will be able to develop your skills and have support all the way through your policing journey with us.

We have put together a document that describes a typical week in the life of one of our PC’s.  If you want to know more, please have a read.

Pay and benefits

  • The basic starting salary is £24,780, rising year-on-year to a maximum of £41,130 per annum after 6 years.
  • Oyster card to use at any time.
  • Voucher and incentive schemes such as cycle-to-work as well as a wide range of high street and online discounts.
  • A highly competitive pension scheme (Career Average Revalued Earnings).
  • 22 days holiday (rising to 30 days with service).
  • Locations within London and the South East attract a regional allowance to reflect the increased cost of living. This includes: £6,906 for Inner London (£4,338 London Allowance plus £2,568 London Weighting Allowance), £3,000 for Milton Keynes, £2,000 Southend.

At the moment, we are looking for Police Officers within the locations listed below:

B Division:  Inner London, Southend.

C Division:  Milton Keynes, Hull, Middlesbrough, York.

Please note - Inner London locations include locations such as: Kings Cross, Euston, Clapham Junction and Stratford amongst many others.  You are unable to specify a particular Inner London location, but the posting will be sympathetic to where you live.

Unfortunately, if the posting location you wish to apply for is not listed above, that means we are not currently looking to recruit officers to that area at the moment.  That doesn’t mean we won’t be soon, it just means right now, we are having to recruit for other areas first. To avoid disappointment, we ask you to please only apply to this campaign if the locations listed above are suitable for you.

We do need to let you know that  you aren’t able to change or transfer your posting throughout the recruitment process or during your 2-year probation period for any reason.  Therefore, we encourage you to carefully consider the impact of working in a particular location. We understand things change and it is alright if you no longer feel the posting is suitable for you but your application will be withdrawn if this happens. You will always be welcome to re-apply when your preferred posting is advertised. 

Representing the communities we serve:

It is really important to us that our people reflect the communities we serve so that we can represent them in the best way possible.  As a national Police force we work closely with people from all kinds of backgrounds every day.  At the moment, a fifth of Police Officers in the UK are women and less than one in 10 come from an ethnic minority.

Our candidates’ cultural experience and backgrounds mean a lot to us. We welcome applications from people with a wide range of skills and experience and we particularly want to hear from female and ethnic minority applicants. We understand that there are many complicated reasons why some people might feel that a career in policing isn’t a realistic option for them, but we believe that it is, so we will be running workshops to help give you the confidence that there is a place for you within British Transport Police.  Please click here to register and find out more.

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves and welcome applications from everyone.  Please be assured that all applications will be judged on their individual merit and no other factors.

Application process and eligibility

Applying is easy; simply click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left of this page and you will be taken through the process.  All applications must be completed online via this method. You need to answer all the questions asked as, unfortunately, if any parts are unanswered your application will be declined from the process. 

We do need to let you know that you will not be eligible to apply if:

  • You have been unsuccessful in a previous BTP Police Officer campaign in the last 6 months.
  • You have ever received a custodial sentence (other cautions, convictions and involvement with the police must be declared during the vetting process but are not necessarily a bar to employment).
  • You have been declared bankrupt, have a CCJ or an un-managed IVA.
  • You have tattoos of any kind on your face or neck.

For further information on our eligibility criteria, please have a read through the attached recruitment pack as it contains lots of useful information for you.

If you are unsure about your personal circumstances relating to the above criteria, please don’t hesitate to email our recruitment team who will be happy to help you: RecruitmentTeam@btp.police.uk 

If you currently have an application with another Police Force, then we will still accept a new application to this vacancy.  It is important for us to let you know though that you cannot transfer your existing SEARCH assessment score.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd December 2021 at 11am.

We won’t be able to accept applications after this time for any reason, including technical errors.  To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to submit your application prior to this deadline. Following your application being completed and submitted, our team will then let you know if you have passed or failed the application form stage of the process via email.

Help with your application

If you want to ask us any awkward or ‘obvious’ questions, if you are you unsure whether your personal circumstances are suitable for a career as a PC but don’t know how to talk to us about it, if you have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you: RecruitmentTeam@btp.police.uk 

If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team directly at: BTP-Diversity@btp.police.uk 

To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

Join us on the journey and bring your professionalism, commitment and leadership skills on board.

Job Description  

Recruitment Information Pack 2021.pdf – 3363KB 

Additional Information  

Application Form Guidance (2).docx – 37KB 
Converted File Application Form Guidance (2).docx.pdf – 142KB 

Further Information 1  

Abbreviated BTP Medical Standards For basic Police Officer Recruitment - SB Sept 17 (002).docx – 71KB 
Converted File Abbreviated BTP Medical Standards For basic Police Officer Recruitment - SB Sept 17 (002).docx.pdf – 140KB 

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