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Introducing Chief Superintendent Edward Wylie, new divisional commander for Scotland

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The Scottish division of British Transport Police (BTP) is proud to welcome a new division commander; Chief Superintendent Edward Wylie.

Ed Wylie takes the reins from Chief Superintendent John McBride, who has retired from the force following nearly 30 years of service. Eddie joined BTP in 1993 as a PC based in Glasgow. Since then he has moved through the ranks at BTP, serving in Scotland and the North of England including time spent in Carlisle, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

He also spent three years on attachment with the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency. In recent years, Eddie was the Pennine commander at BTP, where he oversaw policing across the North of England.

Ed Wylie brings with him a wealth of experience, including recently commanding the force’s response in the days following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. He has also been involved in the aftermath of the London Bombings in 2005 as well as commanding the response to the tragic train crash at Grayrigg in 2007. In 2012 he was the silver commander for the Olympic events held at Manchester Arena and has taken command of many events at the Arena since including several world championship boxing events  

Speaking on the new role, Ed Wylie said: “It is an absolute honour to take up the position as the new divisional commander for BTP Scotland. Having started my career in Scotland with British Transport Police I never thought that I would return to lead the division. Every day, the staff and officers north of the border do an incredible job and I am looking forward to working with them over the coming years. Each and every member of the team in Scotland should be rightly proud of the work they do every day for the travelling public to ensure the Scottish network that is safe and secure.  

“Of course, one of my top priorities is to oversee the on-going discussions regarding the devolution of railway policing in Scotland. I am very clear that the people of Scotland deserve a specialist policing service that is highly visible on the rail network and is proactively deterring crime and anti-social behaviour. That is something that we should all cherish and get behind.

“It’ll be my job to make sure that whatever the outcomes of the devolution talks, it is done in the best interests of the Scottish people and of course I will do everything to protect the interests of everyone currently working within BTP.  I look forward to working with all interested parties and to building upon the excellent working relationships that we already have with Police Scotland.

“In the meantime, we’ll continue doing what we do best; investigating crime, reassuring the travelling public and ensuring that the railway remains a safe, low crime environment for those who use it.” 

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