On Thursday, 27 November, BTP, along with 17 other businesses, was invited by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to HMS President, Londonâ€™s Royal Naval Reserve Unit, based at St Katherineâ€™s Dock in the City London, to receive a Silver Award.
The award ceremony was hosted by the General Officer Commanding London District, Major General Edward Smyth-Osborne. In addition, Air Vice Marshal Ed Stringer and Commodore Andrew Jameson presented the awards on behalf of all of the services.
Representing the force was Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden, Divisional Commander of the British Transport Police.
Ch Supt Brogden said: â€œWe are honoured and proud to have received this prestigious Silver Award. BTP is committed to supporting staff reservists in carrying out their voluntary work and in supporting the military.â€
The Ministry of Defence launched the new Employer Recognition Scheme, to reward and recognise UK employers for their support and commitment towards Defence. The scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper â€œReserves in the Future Force 2020â€.
Julian Brazier TD MP, Minister for Reserves, said: â€œI am delighted with the positive response to the Defenceâ€™s Employer Recognition Scheme, launched by the Prime Minister in July this year. More than 360 employers have already been recognised with the Silver Award via this scheme and we look forward to recognising many more employers in future.â€
The 18 companies from London who were awarded the Silver Award all employ Reservists and have shown full advocacy to the Armed Forces. They have also voluntarily pledged their commitment by signing the recently formulated Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, through which employers show their support for the Reserve Forces.
The award recipients enjoyed a presentation lunch, which also included four speeches delivered by serving Reservists from the Royal Navy, The Royal Marine Reserve, Army and the Royal Air Force.