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British Transport Police whistleblower claims force data poor

An urgent inquiry is needed into the way in which British Transport Police (BTP) handles data, according to the Home Affairs Select Committee chair.

Keith Vaz was responding to claims from whistleblowers who said that officers and the public were at risk because BTP was undermining the national police intelligence system.

One, a retired detective, criticised the quality and management of data.

BTP said it carried out a review a year ago identifying improvements, while it said it would "resist all allegations that staff were treated unfairly after raising concerns about the management of data and information".

Jon Williams, a former detective chief inspector, said the quality and management of data at BTP undermined the Police National Database - which was created after the Soham murders, to ensure police forces shared intelligence.

He explained to India Pollock the shortcomings he complained about - and what the consequences could be.

  • 19 Jan 2015
  • From the section Wales
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