Transfer of Police Officers to the Mersey Tunnels Police

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Dear Merseytravel,

I am seeking the following information in relation to the transfer of officers from Home Office police agencies to the Mersey Tunnels Police:

- Do Mersey Tunnels Police accept lateral transfer of police officers at the rank of Constable?
- Do Mersey Tunnels Police accept lateral transfer of police officers at the rank of Sergeant?
- Do Mersey Tunnels Police conduct internal promotion examinations for police Constables to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant?
- Do Mersey Tunnels Police accept external applications for positions at the rank of Sergeant?
- Of Mersey Tunnels Police's current provision of Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors, how many (if any) either transferred from other police agencies or have prior service with another police agency?
- When did Mersey Tunnels Police last recruit police officers at the rank of Constable?
- When did Mersey Tunnels Police last recruit police officers at the rank of Sergeant?

Yours faithfully,

James

Henderson, Andrew, Merseytravel

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Dear Henderson, Andrew,

It's Mr. James Thompson

Yours sincerely,

James Thompson

Henderson, Andrew, Merseytravel

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Henderson, Andrew, Merseytravel

Dear Mr Thompson

LFS/AH/RSN16407

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act. Please find Merseytravel’s response below.

• Do Mersey Tunnels Police accept lateral transfer of police officers at the rank of Constable?

No, to date all applicants to Mersey Tunnels Police would go through the standard recruitment and selection process. However, this is something that is being reviewed as part of the wider changes to the Policing family recruitment processes nationally.

• Do Mersey Tunnels Police accept lateral transfer of police officers at the rank of Sergeant?

No, to date all applicants to Mersey Tunnels Police would go through the standard recruitment and selection process. However, this is something that is being reviewed as part of the wider changes to the Policing family recruitment processes nationally.

• Do Mersey Tunnels Police conduct internal promotion examinations for police Constables to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant?

Yes, this is based on Blackstone’s Police Crime, Evidence and Procedure, Roads Policing and General Police Duties.

• Do Mersey Tunnels Police accept external applications for positions at the rank of Sergeant?

No.

• Of Mersey Tunnels Police's current provision of Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors, how many (if any) either transferred from other police agencies or have prior service with another police agency?

No Police Officers (all ranks) have transferred to Mersey Tunnels Police from another Police Force or Policing Family Agency. However, this would not be ruled out in the future. A very small number of serving Mersey Tunnels Police Officers have prior service another Police agency however, as you will note from the answer below the last recruitment for Mersey Tunnels Police was October 2004.

• When did Mersey Tunnels Police last recruit police officers at the rank of Constable?

October 2004

• When did Mersey Tunnels Police last recruit police officers at the rank of Sergeant?

Not applicable. There is currently an internal promotion for Police Constables internally to apply for a substantive Police Sergeant post.

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Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
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