Sir Craig Mackey, the former deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, is one of four new board members appointed to the British Transport Police Authority. Established in 2004 to improve the public accountability of the British Transport Police (BTP), it is responsible for setting objectives, strategic direction and performance standards.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced that, in addition to Sir Craig, Andy Cooper, the soon-to-retire managing director of Cross Country Trains, former MP and parliamentary private secretary Graham Evans, and former member of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority Kenna Kintrea, would all join the body that oversees the British Transport Police (BTP) on 20 May, working alongside chairman Ron Barclay-Smith, who took on the role in March 2018.
Announcing the new appointments, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The BTPA prides itself on having the expertise and experience to guide British Transport Police performance and objectives, and the new board members will bolster these vital qualities.
“With passenger numbers at record levels, it is vital that we ensure an effective and efficient network police force continues to maintain exceptional safety standards, guided by a skilled and adept board.”
The BTP is a specialist, national police force that provides a service to rail operators, their staff and passengers. It also polices other networks – the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink, Tyne and Wear Metro and Glasgow Subway. It has around 3,000 police officers and around 600 PCSOs and special constables.