About us

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is the armed police force in charge of protecting civil nuclear sites and nuclear materials in England, Scotland and Wales.

We’re governed by the Civil Nuclear Police Authority.

Who we are

We employ over 1,500 police officers and members of staff at nuclear sites throughout the UK. We police each site in line with Nuclear Industry Security Regulations.

We also work with local police services, nuclear regulators and the Home Office.

Our responsibilities

We are responsible for the armed protection of civil nuclear facilities and materials whether they are on site or in transit. Counter-terrorism is a major part of our policing.

Our ambition

To be recognised nationally and internationally as the leading organisation for armed protective security within the critical national infrastructure of the UK.

Our mission

In partnership with the civil nuclear industry, national security agencies and regulatory bodies the CNC will deter any attacker whose intent is the theft or sabotage of nuclear material whether static or in transit. If an attack occurs CNC will defend that material and deny access to it. If material is seized or high consequence facilities compromised the CNC will recover control of the facility and regain custody of the material.

Our priorities

For 2018 to 2021, our priorities will be:

  • Delivering the operation - in partnership with our stakeholders we will execute all planned operations, implement revised policing and security models and maintain high levels of operational deployability
  • Supporting the operation - we will continue to deliver nationally accredited firearms and command training and embrace new capability and technology: maximising the full potential of our new Tactical Training Centre will be key
  • Supporting our people - implementation of the new Terms and Conditions of Service for our officers and the enhancement of our organisational wellbeing, performance, development and engagement strategies
  • Delivering best value - whilst continuing to employ the most effective business management, we will seek efficiencies across the organisation

For more information see our Strategic Plan.

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