Have your say on policing Sunderland and Durham’s railways

Have your say

BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) is recruiting volunteers to join a Citizens’ Panel.

The organisation is looking for people who have a general interest in the railway community to voice their opinion on the policing of their local railway, and police operations they have seen.

They are particularly looking for people with strong links in the community to advise police, and provide feedback on how the public react to decisions made by BTP.

The panel, which has been running for a number of years, is hoping to extend membership and strengthen relationships between BTP and local community groups.

Inspector Dave McMenemy, said: “We are keen to expand membership of this already successful group.

“We want more people to have their say in the policing of railways in their area.

“The aim is for members of the public and rail staff to get involved and be a voice for the community.

“We want them to provide feedback to us, and challenge us when they don’t think we are getting things right.

“We want them to be critical and challenge existing processes, and to continue to build trust and confidence in us, which will have real tangible effects on our policing and our policies.”

Meetings are held quarterly.

Panel members will not be paid, but will be entitled to the reimbursement of costs such as travel.

Anyone interested should visit www.btp.police.uk/about_us/in_the_community/independent_advisory_groups.aspx. Or, contact Inspector Dave McMenemy, tel, 0113 2472359 or email david.mcmenemy@btp.pnn.police.uk.