87. This paper covers a range of complex issues and we appreciate that there is a lot to consider. This is why we wanted to set out these proposals at an early stage, to ensure we develop policy which is fully informed by evidence regarding the likely impact on a range of interests.
88. Police Scotland has indicated that its intention would be to maintain a specialist railway policing function within the broader Police Scotland structure. This would ensure a railway policing function that: is accountable, through the Chief Constable and the Scottish Police Authority ( SPA), to the people of Scotland; builds on the skills, knowledge and experience of the BTP; and enhances railway policing in Scotland through direct access to the local, specialist and national resources of Police Scotland.
89. We want to ensure a smooth transition upon integration and your views are invited on how best we can achieve this, as well as on the appropriate governance and accountability arrangements.
90. The questions throughout the consultation paper are repeated in a questionnaire at Annex A. However, in responding to this consultation, please do not feel constrained by the questions set. We appreciate some people will have a particular interest in certain areas. We would encourage you to respond to any or all of those areas where you feel you have a contribution to make.
91. The responses to this consultation will help inform and shape our policy and legislation. We value your opinions and welcome your views on our proposals identified in this consultation document.