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A gentle reminder that we still continue to meet on the first Monday of every month, unless a Bank Holiday, when it moves to the following Monday.  Our last few reunions have seen a couple of new faces attending which is good to see.  It is not a criteria to have served in the Midlands – we warmly welcome anyone!

 

The remaining dates for 2019, from 12p.m. at the Railway public house on Hill Street, Birmingham are: -

13th May; 3rd June; 1st July; 5th August; 2nd September; 7th October; 4th November.  The Christmas reunion will be on Monday 16th December.

Try and make a special effort to come to the Summer reunion in July if you can.

Contact kim.mills@btp.pnn.police.uk or telephone 0121 306 8298  or Glyn Thomas on glynofon@aol.com or telephone/text 07889 298768 if you have any queries.

 

Reunion News – Birmingham.
A gentle reminder that we still continue to meet on the first Monday of every month, unless a Bank Holiday, when it moves to the following Monday. Our last few reunions have seen a couple of new faces attending which is good to see. It is not a criteria to have served in the Midlands – we warmly welcome anyone!
The remaining dates for 2019, from 12p.m. at the Railway public house on Hill Street, Birmingham are: -
13th May; 3rd
June; 1st
July; 5th
August; 2nd
September; 7th
October; 4th
November. The Christmas reunion will be on Monday 16th December.
Try and make a special effort to come to the Summer reunion in July if you can.
Contact kim.mills@btp.pnn.police.uk or telephone 0121 306 8298 or Glyn Thomas on glynofon@aol.com or telephone/text 07889 298768 if you have any queries

It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of NARBTPO member David Robson on the 3rd April this year.  David worked at FHQ as a Communications Manager and retired in 2004.

Further details regarding the funeral which will be held on 2nd May have been requested from the family and will be posted on the website when known

UPDATE

The funeral for David ROBSON will be held at the South Lincolnshire Crematorium, Gosburton Road, Surfleet, PE11 4AA on 2nd May 2019 at 14.00hrs for those colleagues wishing to attend.

Regret to inform you that Ivor Kerslake died in Good Hope Hospital, Birmingham on 15.04.2019. The information came from his wife who contacted Kim Mills.
Ivor was a long term Birmingham officer who served as a PC and Dog Handler as well as in the Divisional Control Room.
As soon as funeral details are known, I will circulate them.
Viv
Viv Head
Preserving history for tomorrow- time well spent 

Last night (30/03/19) I received an E Mail from someone calling herself Katy Baldwin asking for information about retired BTP and members of NARBTPO. I have checked and as far as I can find out there is no one with that name with any connection to BTP past or present. I am treating this as a very crude attempt to get into the website. If this name crops up on any other members E mail I would recommend deleting it immediately.

Update:- Further digging suggests her true name is Katy Shatz and her IP address is in Germany.

John King

Web Manager

 Funeral details of the late Terry Mahoney
Glyn  Thomas has spoken to Margaret Mahoney  and the funeral details of Terry Mahoney are as follows:-
Funeral  being held at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium, Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 6LG  on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019, at 2.30pm.
No flowers but donations if desired to St Giles Hospice.  Family request not necessary to wear black attire, nice colours please.  There will be refreshments afterwards - venue not decided yet

 

Hi all,

It with sadness that I inform you of the death at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, this morning, Tuesday 19th March, 2019,  of Terrence John MAHONEY, aged 81 yrs old.  He had been admitted to hospital last Thursday, but passed away peacefully today.  He had been unwell since having a Stroke whilst serving with the Force.  Terry retired in September 1992 as Superintendent, Kings Cross, which then was under the old Midland Area.  He served at Bristol, Birmingham and a few other posts.  Always a popular figure and a gentleman.
His widow Margaret lives at 26 A, Beech Hill Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield B72 1DT   Tel. no. 0121 384 2125
I have been in contact with Margaret, but there are no funeral details as yet.  I will pass details when received.
I have been given permission by her to circulate details.
Lee - could you please advise Supt Sandra England/ Chief Supt Alan Gregory and anyone else within Force.  Also provisionally, I would request the Force drape to be made available please.
Many thanks.
Kind regards,
Glyn

Glyn Thomas
glynofon@aol.com

After 4 years exemplary service as Editor, Andy Bicknell is to stand down as Editor. Andy will however, remain as a committee member. 

We are therefore seeking someone to take over as Editor of Retired Lines A.S.A.P.  

No doubt Andy can help with the necessary software needed to produce this publication at least 3 times a year and if possible 4.  

If anyone is interested, would they please in the first instance, contact the Chairman John Bryant or Secretary Martyn Ripley.

Agenda Item 6

Meeting

SPA Board Meeting

Date

28 February 2019

Location

The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Title of Paper

Devolution of Railway Policing

Presented By

Hugh Grover

Recommendation to Members

For Noting

Appendix Attached

Yes

Appendix A

Proposed timeline for SPA governance arrangements for railway policing in Scotland

PURPOSE

To provide Board Members with an update on the proposal being developed to enhance accountability of railway policing in Scotland.

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1. BACKGROUND

    1. On 27 August 2018 the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced that Police Scotland had advised that in their view, the re-planning activity commenced in February 2018 did not provide a sufficiently strong evidence base on which to agree a new date for full integration of railway policing in Scotland and the intention to identify arrangements that could give effect more quickly to the Smith Commission’s recommendations.

2. PROPOSAL FOR ENHANCED ACCOUNTABILITY OF RAILWAY POLICING

2.1 Following the advice from Police Scotland and the subsequent statement from the Cabinet Secretary, a Stakeholder event was held on 6 November 2018 to shape the options and design principles to enhance the accountability of railway policing in Scotland.

2.2 The consensus reached was that legislation currently in force could be used and the option currently under development is based on using existing legislation to establish a new committee (The Scottish Railways Policing Committee) to oversee railway policing in Scotland.

2.3 The proposed Scottish Railways Policing Committee would:

be established as a sub-committee of the BTPA under paragraph 12(b) of Schedule 4 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003; and

committee membership could include SPA and BTPA members.

2.4 I met with the BTP Authority (BTPA) Chief Executive on 15 February 2019. Since then, SPA and BTPA officers continue to work together to develop a robust Terms of Reference for the proposed new committee. It is also intended that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SPA and BTPA would be developed to support the operation of the committee.

2.5 A progress update was made to the Strategy Policy and Performance (SPP) Committee at its meeting on 5 February 2019 and, since then, there has been continued dialogue between the OFFICIAL

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SPA Chair and SPP Committee Chair on this matter. It is also intended that an additional meeting of the SPP Committee is arranged during March so that the proposed terms of reference can be reviewed in detail with a view to presenting to the Board for approval on 28 March 2019.

2.6 The terms of reference for the Scottish Railways Policing Committee will require approval from the SPA Board, BTPA Board, BTP Integration Joint Programme Board (JPB) and Scottish Ministers prior to implementation. Exact timescales for implementation will be dependent on the period it takes to conclude engagement, currently ongoing, on the terms of reference and the successful approval at each stage of the sign-off process. An indicative timeline is shown at Appendix A.

3. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

3.1 There are no financial implications in this report.

4. PERSONNEL IMPLICATIONS

4.1 There are no personnel implications associated with this paper.

5. LEGAL IMPLICATIONS

5.1 There are no legal implications associated with this paper.

6. REPUTATIONAL IMPLICATIONS

6.1 There are no reputational implications associated with this paper.

7. SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS

7.1 There are no social implications associated with this paper.

8. COMMUNITY IMPACT

8.1 There are no community implications associated with this paper.

9. EQUALITIES IMPLICATIONS

9.1 There are no equality implications associated with this paper. OFFICIAL

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10. ENVIRONMENT IMPLICATIONS

10.1 There are no environmental implications associated with this paper. RECOMMENDATIONS

Members are requested to:

i) note and discuss the information contained within this update report; and to

ii) note the intention that an additional meeting of the Strategy Policy and Performance Committee should take place during March to review the draft terms of reference for the proposed Scottish Railways Policing Committee in detail, with a view to presenting the draft terms of reference to the Board on 28 March 2019 for approval.