British Transport Police patrol is boosted by volunteer officers

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 British Transport Police patrol is boosted by volunteer officers

 A ‘special’ deployment of specials will accompany officers on a high visibility patrol tonight Friday, 5 December, in the run up to Christmas.

Three Special Constables Michael McCartan, Rachel Bond, Joseph Bloomfield and acting Special Sergeant Jennifer Leach, all have links to the University of Central Lancashire and are keen to support their community.

They will team up with regular BTP officers to reassure passengers and staff at stations in the Lancashire area.

Concentrating on late night services from Lancaster to Barrow in Furness and Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe, the officers will be on hand to assist rail staff and passengers.

Sergeant Tom Nicholls said: “In the run up to Christmas, services are naturally busier than usual and patrols such as this help reassure the public about using the railways late at night.

“We want people to feel safe and we will be keeping our eyes open for any instances of anti-social or criminal behaviour.”

The officers will also maintain a high visibility presence at Preston station, where they will be assisting with a Virgin ticket check.

Acting Special Sergeant Jennifer Leach said: “We will be maintaining a high profile throughout the evening so staff and passengers know we are there and feel safe on their journeys.”

BTP’s Special Constables help police the rail network, keeping the public safe, assisting with patrols and responding to incidents; they have the same powers and wear the same uniform as regular officers.

Special Constables play a key role in policing the rail network, keeping the public safe, assisting with proactive patrols, responding to emergencies and helping at large events. They receive regular training and support sessions, as well as the chance to develop and progress within BTP’s special constable rank structure.

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