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National Dog Day 2107

Okay, so now we’ve got your attention with a couple of cute puppy photos, if you were not aware tomorrow (Saturday 26th August 2017) is National Dog Day.

Time to remember that the railway police recruited their first officially trained police dogs well over 100 years ago, and they still remain a vital part of the policing family today.

You will find various references to them on this website – just put ‘police dog’ in the search box (above right).

And we have a photo gallery dedicated them here – Police Dogs!

You will also find an article on the BTP website on the Dog Section and if you are on Twitter the BTP Dog Section have their own account – @BTPDogs.


You may have noticed a bit of rebranding on the site.

We’ve renamed Storybank as Historybank. It’s just a bit more descriptive, as it doesn’t just contain ‘stories’, but factual topics such as court reports and research articles.

The contents are as before, but with a better name!

HistoryBank can be found in the PAGES menu, to the right of the screen.

BTP History Week

BTP History Week

All this week (w/c 03 July 2017) the BTP Media Department are celebrating the history of the BTP on Social Media.

So if you are on Facebook or Twitter keep an eye out for some history related posts.



Twitter: @BTP

They also have some information on their website:

Of course, we’re all about BTP History all year round!

Birthday Honours 2017

Two new entries for the Honours, Decorations and Medals list.

Alun THOMAS (Chief Superintendent, currently T/Assistant Chief Constable) and Steve GREENWOOD (Special Chief Inspector), have been rewarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2017.

T/ACC THOMAS, leads the Specialist Operations teams at BTP, whose job it is to disrupt and deter terrorist activity, and keep the public safe – including the firearms, dogs, behavioural detection officers and specialist response units – has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM).

SCI GREENWOOD, who volunteered an incredible 573 hours to BTP last year, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Congratulations to them both.

[Source: BTP website THOMAS / GREENWOOD]

One Minute of Silence

London Bridge Station, 6th May 2017.

Today, Tuesday 6th June 2017, at 11:00 hours, Officers at London Bridge observed the 1 minute’s silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack last Saturday.
(Source: Twitter @BTP)

Robert William SMITH

A short memorial tribute was held for PC Robert Smith last Saturday (29th April 2017) at York Cemetery.

Robert, aged 64 years, was killed during the early hours of the morning of the 29th April 1942, during the biggest raid by the Luftwaffe carried out on York in World War Two. He was on duty in the police office when it took a direct hit. Robert was buried with his daughter.

The ceremony was organised by the BTPHG, and was attended by members of Robert’s family, serving and retired officers, and the Railway Mission.

A fuller account will be detailed in a forthcoming edition of History Lines.

The event was also picked up by a local newspaper, The York Press.

Tribute to PC killed in York bombing raid during the memorial – BTP history group members, relatives and their friends and current BTP officers.

Sponsored Cycle Ride

OBITUARY: Ian Murray

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of one of our members, Ian Murray. Ian retired as an Inspector from Aberdeen and was a regular contributor to the Newsletter. Ian, 86 years of age, lost his fight for life on Sunday 12th February, in Balmedie. May he rest in eternal peace.

Bill Rogerson

Webmaster’s Note:
Two of Ian’s articles appear on this website and there are several more to be published in the coming months.

And today (16/03/2017) we add a third article from Ian – Zero to Hero.

National Railway Museum – Mystery on the Rails - 23 Mar 2017 - 03 Sep 2017

NRM - Mystery on the Rails season

NRM – Mystery on the Rails season

From the National Railway Museum website:

“From Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express to the recent The Girl on the Train, the railways have provided us with the perfect setting for a thrilling crime story. Join us for our brand new Mystery on the Rails season to uncover the special place railways have in mystery and detective fiction, solve the mystery of The Missing Passenger and discover a wealth of real-life tales of audacious robberies, petty thefts and notorious criminals.

Are you ready to unleash your inner detective? We have a full season of sleuthing activities for you to take part in, from working alongside a local crime writer to joining our curators to delve deeper into the fascinating story behind our Murder Carriage. You will also have the chance to join forces with British Transport Police to put your detective skills to the test. Plus, get creative using codes and find out how to capture a fugitive.”

British Transport Police Weekend

29 April–1 May.

Station Hall & South Yard | Free | 10am–4pm | No booking required

Join British Transport Police in a fun-filled weekend of hands-on activities that will test your sleuthing skills.

The BTP History Group are pleased to support and join the British Transport Police Weekend at the museum in York.

Located in the Station Hall with various display units containing exhibits from the NRM archives and our own. Our Event Coordinator will be on hand, so why not pay us a visit.

Annual General Meeting 2017

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 27th March at The Railway (formerly The Bright House), Public House, Hill Street, Birmingham, commencing at 12.30 hours.

This venue is approximately five minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street Station (map).

A buffet will be provided free of charge. All members are welcome but you do need to let Bill Rogerson know at least two weeks beforehand so that food can be ordered appropriately.

Members should receive a copy of the Year Book in the post before the AGM and copies of all relevant papers will be available on the day.

This is the day before the NARBTPO AGM so people can attend both events if they want to.

This is the one opportunity in the year when group members have the chance to meet up and chat historically, topically or just plain sociably.

Hope to see you there.