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 2017 to 2020, our priorities will be:

  • Delivering the operation - ensuring that all operations are executed to plan whilst maintaining professional excellence and high levels of deployability
  • Supporting the operation - ensuring our Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs) are trained to their full role profiles through increased training and exercising at sites. We must be prepared to exploit the full potential of the new training facility at Sellafield
  • Supporting our officers and staff - with the successful conclusion of the future Terms and Conditions of Service negotiations for police officers and the introduction of a new enhanced pension scheme for all employees
  • Delivering best value - continuing to drive efficient business management into the organisation while at the same time seeking realistic savings across all areas

For more information see our strategy and business plan.

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