Data Protection and FOI Officer

C Division
Full Time

British Transport Police (BTP) are recruiting for a Data Protection and FOI Officer on a Permanent Contract. The role is paying £32,757.33 per annum and will be based in Cardiff. This role offers a blended approach of office and home working. 

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing.

As a Data Protection and FOI Officer you will be required to:

  • Responsible for receiving, assessing and progressing Data Protection and Freedom of Information requests in accordance with the Force’s statutory requirements.
  • Liaise with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including police officers and staff, railway industry bodies, solicitors, regulatory bodies, media contacts and members of the public.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for Data Protection and Freedom of Information enquiries and will ensure compliance in line with current legislation, British Transport Police policy and best practice.
  • The post holder will be required to manage, interrogate and update information held within force systems and review, redact and sanitise information for release under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts.


Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description. The successful Data Protection and FOI Officer will be required to evidence the following:

  • Qualifications and Training:

Must be educated to A level or equivalent.

  • Skills:

Written communication skills for reports, procedures and training materials.

Must have an analytical and methodical approach when dealing with large quantities of information.

Must be able to provide specialist advice and guidance to a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.

    • Knowledge:

    Sharing protocols. However, full training will be given to the successful applicant.

    Knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of practice including Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation, European Convention of Human Rights Act, Road Traffic Acts, Code of Practice on Management of Police Information, Crime and Disorder Act, Government Security Classifications, Environmental Information Regulations, Police Act and Information



    If you are interested in applying to the role, then please click the "Apply" button below and upload a copy of your cover letter and CV in one PDF document. In your cover letter,

    “Please provide details of any relevant skills and experience you have that would make you suitable for this role”.

    Please ensure that both your cover letter and CV are uploaded as one document as there is no option to upload them separately. Applications containing only a CV will not be considered, therefore, please ensure that you include a cover letter. 


    If you are interested in applying to the role, then please do not delay as interviews will be held as soon possible. In return for your experience, we can offer you:

    • Salary of £32,757.33 per annum
    • Yearly base salary increments (subject to satisfactory performance in previous PDR year)
    • Working from home allowance available to purchase suitable equipment for blended & home working
    • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
    • Family friendly policies including up to 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave
    • Bespoke benefits platform and access to Blue Light Card
    • Development opportunities including fully funded apprenticeships
    • Employee assistance programme and dedicated wellbeing hub
    • Excellent Pension scheme


    BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035.

    At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

    Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions.  If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

    For more information on Positive Action please click here or email the team on

    If you have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you: If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team directly at: To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

    In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 5 years. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

    BTP GPP Police Staff Pension Scheme is administered by Royal London and this is a group personal pension plan which is available to all police staff. It’s a defined contribution scheme, offering employees the flexibility to vary their pension contributions from 4.4% to 12% of their salary. For more information, visit the Royal London dedicated pension page or email us at .Please note if you are an existing member of Police Staff in the RPS your pension will not be affected. 

    Internal candidates must have completed their probation for their current substantive posting and can only apply in tenure if Head of Department approval is emailed to prior to the vacancy closing. Internal candidates must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance and that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date. A minimum rating of 3 (performing) or a rating of U (no rating) must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.

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    This opportunity is closed to applications.