The aims of the group are:
1. To promote the history of the British Transport Police and its constituent forces, to encourage membership and participation in the group’s work.
2. To preserve the historical records and artefacts of the British Transport Police and all its constituent forces wherever railway and dock police forces were operational, in an open and transparent environment.
3. To encourage and facilitate historical projects relating to the British Transport Police and constituent forces.
(Note that unless specifically identified and/or funded by the BTPHG, the Group does not claim ‘ownership’ of any project.)
4. To find a permanent home for an official British Transport Police archive in a public record office or similar institution.
These objectives are aimed at locating, identifying, and cataloguing, material wherever held, with a view to preserving it for future study. It is not the intention of the Group to maintain its own archive. It is a sad fact that, for many years, the Force has not been proactive in preserving its own history. Much has been done by a few individuals to record and retain our history and we encourage every effort to make that history available for posterity. It is an over-riding aim therefore to ensure that what remains of our heritage is effectively safeguarded. The Committee are currently holding discussions on this particular aspect as well as seeking a long term solution for the concentration, storage and availability of our heritage.
BTPHG is a voluntary organisation run by a dedicated committee.