British Transport Police (BTP) has appointed a new lead on trust, legitimacy and community relations.
Chief Superintendent Dennis Murray will be joining BTP on secondment from Northamptonshire Police, where he is currently a Superintendent and Local Policing Area Commander.
In his newly created role, which he takes up on 2 November, Dennis will lead on the force’s race action plan, ‘Move the Needle’, which sets out BTP’s commitment to tackling racism, bias and prejudice. Dennis will help to inform this approach and build on positive relationships with passengers and rail staff.
Dennis joined Northants Police in 1992 as a special constable, and has worked across many areas including crime, intelligence and community safety. In 2004, he became a hate crimes officer, winning the David Ryan Memorial Cup for his engagement work with Muslim communities across Northamptonshire.
Commenting on the appointment, Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Chief Superintendent Dennis Murray to lead this really important work.
“His experience and insight, gained through working extensively with diverse communities to ensure policing is both effective and proportionate, will be a great asset to BTP.
“Dennis demonstrated that he really gets what we are seeking to achieve. He has the personal leadership skills and drive to build upon the work already underway in the Force and to help take us to the next level and beyond.
“There is much to do, and Dennis will play a vital role in delivering the change we seek.”