Specialised railway policing put at risk by Scottish Government06 September, 2016
London Underground Area Update
Following the discovery that the Home Office is considering a range of options for the closer co-operation or merger of the Underground area and the Metropolitan Police we, as a Federation have successfully lobbied a range of Members of Parliament, Union Leaders and Railway Consultation Groups. The response we have received has been encouraging. When the downfalls of a merger option have been explained they have indicated their unequivocal support against such a move. We believe that proponents of the merger option have based their views on the merger of the New York Police Department, Transit and Housing Police.
Following close examination of this merger we can find no evidence that combining these forces produced any tangible benefits, on the contrary it led to a decline in manpower and low morale. It was the massive influx of funding and recruitment that resulted in the current low crime levels experience in New York.
To date no formal consultation has taken place and no decisions have been made. We will continue to lobby and monitor the situation.