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BTP and Police Scotland merger to be delayed

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The Scottish government has announced that the planned merger of the country’s British Transport Police and Police Scotland will be delayed.

Justice secretary Michael Matheson said that the longer timetable is disappointing but that it will provide the opportunity to enhance the engagement with officers, staff and their representatives on key issues such as pay and conditions.

A re-planning exercise is set to take place in the coming months to establish a new delivery date. Previously the merger was set to go ahead on April 1, 2019.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The benefits of a single command structure and improved access to the full range of capabilities of Police Scotland will be delivered for railway policing, providing an enhanced service to both the rail industry and travelling public.

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“While much has been achieved so far, we want to ensure a seamless transition which delivers continuity of service for rail users and staff.

“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering on our triple lock guarantee to protect the jobs, pay and pensions of BTP officers transferring to Police Scotland.

“The Scottish Government has met with the BTP Federation on a number of occasions in recent weeks and will continue to work closely with them on addressing the important issues raised by their members.”

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