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New partnership strengthens links with Royal Military Police

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British Transport Police (BTP) and the Royal Military Police (RMP) have teamed up as part of a new partnership designed to share skills and help keep passengers safe.

The unique agreement will see officers from the RMP join forces with BTP officers on patrol from Liverpool Street and Waterloo train stations.

This partnership will partner RMP with BTP officers, patrolling stations, joining response units and colleagues from CID.

After a successful pilot at Waterloo station, the scheme has now been expanded to Liverpool Street, giving more RMP the chance get involved and broaden their policing skills.

Speaking about the new scheme, BTP Superintendent Matt Allingham said: “This is a great, practical way to bring two specialist police organisations together to share expertise and enhance what we do.

“By giving Royal Military Police personnel the opportunity to shadow our teams at two of London’s busiest stations they’ll be able to gain first-hand experience of wider policing. There are clear benefits brought by the increasing uniformed visibility at our key transport hubs in relation to crime prevention.  The uniqueness of having joint military and police personnel on patrol also provides a conversation starter with the travelling public and assists with engagement in line with NPT principles. Our initial pilot based at Waterloo was a big success and we’re pleased to be able to expand the scheme so more officers can get involved and hope to roll the scheme out even further in future.”

Major Michael Boyd, Officer Commanding 156 Provost Company, 4 Regiment Royal Military Police said: “On behalf of my colleagues from Aldershot and I, we are hugely grateful to BTP for this partnership opportunity.  Essex, Suffolk, Hampshire and beyond are areas with significant military bases, with numerous Forces personnel and their families using the rail network every day.  This partnership expands the ability of our organisation to effectively support the service community using these transit links, whilst providing our personnel with exciting professional development opportunities alongside our BTP colleagues.”

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