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New policing commander for BTP in England and Wales


Allan Gregory

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Keeping millions of rail passengers from Cornwall to Cumbria happy, while also meeting the needs of dozens of train operators, is no easy task.

That’s the challenge facing BTP’s newest Chief Superintendent as he takes the helm of the force’s largest geographic area.

Allan Gregory, whose 24-year police career began in Wolverhampton and has seen him lead teams in the Midlands and North West, is the new head of railway policing for BTP across England, outside of the South East, and Wales.

Based in Birmingham as an area commander for the last ten years, Ch Supt Gregory has now moved to Manchester where he takes over the reins from Pete Holden, who retired at the end of July.

We caught up with the man responsible for policing the rail network in two countries to see how he plans to get you home safely, securely and on time.

What did you do before BTP and why did you join?

I had considered a career in policing before going to university, but decided instead to study for a degree in government and politics. After graduating, two particularly motivating recruitment officers from BTP encouraged me to join and the rest, as they say, is history. I joined BTP because of the variety on offer and I can honestly say that every day of service has been completely different from the last.

What’s the best thing about working for BTP?

The people. We are just a giant human enterprise, trying to solve problems in an extraordinary environment. All the value in this organisation is in the people, all the answers to the problems we are trying to solve are within our people and all our talent is in our people. Provided we are facing the same direction, and are all talking, we can pretty well do whatever it takes to deliver on our core mission of keeping the network, its passengers and staff safe.

What are the challenges you face and what do you hope to achieve in your role?

I want the travelling public to use the network with complete confidence. We can never promise a crime-free environment but we should always be responsive to their concerns and in permanent listening mode. We will strive to put the travelling public first and ensure our work with the rail industry has a positive outcome for them. We live in times of unprecedented growth on the railway. It is an exciting environment with retail leaving the traditional high streets and going onto the rail network, where it can see continually rising footfall. We also have a role to play in supporting this continued growth through maintaining passenger confidence, no matter what time of day or day of the week.

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