UK Government to raise concerns about British Transport Police/Police Scotland merger with Edinburgh

06th December 2017

The UK Government has dismissed a call to reverse the devolution of responsibility for the British Transport Police to Holyrood after the force’s planned merger with Police Scotland was branded “dangerous” and “reckless”.

However, the Scotland Office will raise concerns, expressed by peers, with the SNP administration, after admitting it shares some of the “unease” at developments north of the border.

The controversial proposal to merge the two police forces has been criticised by the body representing BTP officers, saying it has produced a “collective sense of abandonment” among staff.

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