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New BTP chief constable visits Birmingham

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The new chief constable of the British Transport Police, Lucy D’Orsi, visited Birmingham New Street station on her first day in her new role, seeing first-hand how officers prevent crime, protect the public and keep the railway safe.

She also too the opportunity to meet staff from BTP’s First Contact Centre and Control Room, who handle approximately 290,000 calls from the public and other emergency services every year.

Chief constable D’Orsi with officers at Birmingham New Street station.

Chief Constable D’Orsi’s appointment makes her the first female Chief in BTP’s history, and her joining fittingly coincides with Women’s History Month. She was appointed in December 2020 to take over from Paul Crowther CBE, who has retired after 40 years of distinguished continuous service with the force.

Lucy D’Orsi, BTP.

Speaking on her first day as BTP’s chief constable, Lucy D’Orsi said: “I am delighted to start in my new role as chief constable of British Transport Police. It is a privilege to meet officers, staff and volunteers at Birmingham and hear about the outstanding work they carry out every day to prevent crime, protect the public and keep the railway safe.

“I’m looking forward to hearing and learning from many more of my colleagues across England, Scotland and Wales in the coming weeks, as well as speaking with the rail industry to discuss my priorities and outline how we’ll continue providing a safe and secure railway for passengers as coronavirus restrictions are gradually lifted.”

Chief Constable D’Orsi works closely with UK businesses, UK military and international law enforcement agencies. She is also the National Police lead for Taser and Counter Drone capabilities.

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