It’s claimed the officers had been moved from the Tube to non-Transport for London rail services to plug gaps elsewhere in the force’s ‘B’ Division which covers London and the South East.
When the Night Tube service finally launched last August, passengers were promised “around 100 officers” from British Transport Police would be patrolling the network to help keep them safe.
Earlier this week British Transport Police declined to confirm how many firearms officers it has in London, request claiming that revealing the number lead other to ask about its capability in other parts of the country and being able to map deployments.
Recent terror attacks resulted in huge outpourings of support for the police, astonishment at the bravery and selflessness of the first responders and, later, a debate about the number of firearms officers in the capital and further afield.
Two years ago the force fitted cameras to its entire fleet of 129 vans, a move which ensures detainees are monitored while being transported to custody suites and that officers are protected from spurious complaints from those they’ve arrested.