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British Transport Police seeking volunteers to help scrutinise Stop and Search nationwide

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British Transport Police (BTP) is on the hunt for independent volunteers to join Stop & Search Scrutiny Panels throughout the nation. Successful volunteers will help shape how officers at BTP use Stop and Search throughout the national rail network. 

Two independent panels already exists in London, where members of the community review anonymised Stop and Searches, as well as scrutinise officer records and Body Worn Video. The panel then provides feedback to the Force on what learning can be made from previous searches. 

Following the success of these panels in London, BTP is now looking to recruit additional volunteers to form further panels across England, Scotland and Wales. 

BTP is therefore seeking volunteers in the following regions, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Reading

Sergeant Rob Johnson, Force Stop & Search Coordinator at British Transport Police, said: “Stop and Search is a vital tool in our fight against violence and knife crime throughout the national rail network – however we completely understand that these powers need to be properly scrutinised. 

“The volunteers who attend these panels provide valuable assistance and guidance, ensuring that we are using Stop and Search powers in a reasonable and proportionate manner. We are therefore delighted to be expanding these panels throughout the nation, bringing greater accountability to the Force’s use of Stop and Search.”  

How can I join? 

Please register your interest by emailing we will then send out an application form for you to complete. This form will ask for more details of your experience and what you feel qualifies you to become a member of one of our Stop & Search Scrutiny Panels.

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