BTP officers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

CC Lucy D’Orsy

Lucy D’Orsi, the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for Distinguished Service to the Policing of Specialist Operations in the UK, in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours.

As reported in the London Gazette.

Ch Supt Dennis Murray

Chief Superintendent Dennis Murray, who is BTP’s Lead for Legitimacy, Trust and Community Policing and on a three-year secondment from Northamptonshire Police, and a BTPHG member, was also honoured with a Queen’s Police Medal for improving diversity within policing and building trust and strong relationships with local communities.

 

BTPHG Chair Phil Trendall has written to both recipients on behalf of the group to congratulate them on their awards.

 

Full report in the HistoryBank section of the website: BTP officers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

Also see: Honours, Decorations & Medals table

The Last Days of British Steam

The Last Days of British Steam

Malcolm Clegg, retired BTP Sergeant, HG member and BTP History Writer, has a new book out. This time he leaves the field of the railway police and looks at the last days of steam railways in the 1960s.

From publishers description:

“This volume covers the final decade of British steam, looking at steam traction in a wide variety of geographical locations around the British Railways network. The book covers a wide variety of classes of locomotives, that were withdrawn during the last decade of steam traction, some of which examples are now preserved. Malcolm Clegg, has been taking railway pictures since the early 1960s and has access to collections taken by friends who were recording the steam railway scene during this period. This book is a record of his and other peoples journeys during the last decade of steam in the 1960s.

Malcolm Clegg is a retired British Transport Police Sergeant who served for almost thirty years both as a uniformed and CID officer at various railway and dock locations in England and Wales. Ten years were spent working in London. Malcolm comes from a railway family, his father was a station master at several locations on the national network and passed on a passion for railways to Malcolm at an early age. He currently resides in Swansea and his interests include history and photography. In recent years, Malcolm has carried out extensive research and written a number of articles for the British Transport Police History Group”.

The book is available from Amazon and various book shop websites, or directly from the publishers at Pen & Sword Books

Also see: Nineteenth Century Railway Crime and Policing

Bow Street Police Museum

Bow Street Police Museum

It has been promised for quite a few years now, but at last the Bow Street Police Museum opens tomorrow – Friday 28th May 2021.

Bow Street Police Station and the adjoining Magistrates Court featured heavily for BTP officers over the decades. Many prisoners arrested at Charing Cross and on the London Underground went there for processing, and would appear the following day at the court next door. It was also where BTP officers often went to be sworn in as Constables (including your Webmaster).

Of course, prior to the formation of the Metropolitan Police, an earlier form of police force were the Bow Street Runners, a story which is told in the museum.

The police station closed in 1992 and the Magistrates Court building was sold in 2005. The last case was heard in 2006 and the building remained empty for many years. In the meantime the building changed hands twice more. The developers had long promised that the cells area would be turned into a police museum and with the main building recently opened as the luxury NoMad London hotel this has now come to pass.

The Bow Street Police Museum is a registered charity.

 

Also see:

BBC News article.

The Guardian article on the impending opening: ‘Not like I remember it’: Bow Street police station reopens as museum.

 

 

New Chair

The BTPHG is pleased to announce that Philip Trendall QPM has been appointed as Chair of the Group taking over from Mike Layton. Phil has been a member of the group for several years and is an active amateur historian.

Phil said: “This really is an honour, the BTPHG has achieved so much under previous chairs and I look forward to doing my best to continue this good work”.

Website Updates!

A bit of a bumper month for new content on the website, so time for our occasional reminder that in the ‘Pages’ column to the right of the screen we have a link called ‘Website Updates’.
Unsurprisingly this links to the Website Updates page. If you are a regular visitor to the site it’s a handy page to look at to see what new articles and items of interest have been added to the website recently.

Of course smaller items, such as photographs in the Photo Gallery, are being added all the time – so it’s still worth having a look around the site to see what you might find!

A sad passing.....

HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Sending our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen, and the Royal Family, on the sad passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

www.royal.uk

Statement from CC Lucy D’Orsi

New Chief Constable in situ

CC Lucy D’Orsi

This week the new BTP Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi took up her posting. Her first day included a trip to Birmingham New Street.

 

Photos courtesy of @BTP via Twitter

See also:

Lucy D’Orsi announced as new BTP Chief Constable

Appointment of Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

by Phil Trendall

Fraser Sampson

History in the making….

For the first time an ex-BTP officer has been appointed as the Surveillance Camera Commissioner AND as the Biometrics Commissioner. Both posts were created under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and are high profile public appointments. Dr Fraser Sampson will take up his work later in March 2021. The Home Secretary said: “It is vital the government works to empower police to use technology to keep the public safe while maintaining their trust and Fraser Sampson’s extensive experience in law and policing makes him the right person to take up this role.”

Fraser joined the BTP in the early 1980s and served in the North East Area. He was later seconded to the Home Office Central Planning Unit at Harrogate (now the College of Policing) where he worked as a legal researcher specialising in the application of the criminal law in operational circumstances. He returned to the force and later, in 1992, became an Inspector at the Tadworth Force Training Centre. His work included introducing many innovations in training as well as leading the training team in their own development. His time at Tadworth coincided with a particularly active PIRA campaign so he led operational deployments in the south east when required. He returned to Leeds as an Inspector and was later seconded back to central service. He left the force as a superintendent in 1996. After BTP he qualified as a solicitor working in the area of police law. He wrote several of the Blackstones Police Promotional Manuals and is a prolific author. He became Director of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority and went on to carry out similar roles with West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Police. During his time at Tadworth he offered support to officers who were working to preserve and collect material relating to the history of the force. We wish him well in his new job.

Official Announcement: Gov.uk

Penny Post

Embed from Getty Images

This photograph appeared on Facebook the other day, and I felt it worthy of highlighting. A policeman stands beside a Royal Mail coach at Waterloo Station.

This is an embedded image, but there are many other photos in our gallery.

 

History of Women in BTP

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and the BTP is taking the opportunity to celebrate women in the railway police.

It is especially fitting as this month sees the appointment of the BTP’s first female Chief Constable, Lucy D’Orsi.

The BTP History Group were pleased to be able to assist the BTP Communications Department in this endeavour.  BTP will be sharing regional highlights on various social media channels – keep an eye out.

Also see:

Policewomen on the Railways 1917 – 2017

Policewomen in Pictures