What we do
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.
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.
To be recognised as the leading UK authority on the armed protection of civil nuclear facilities and material in transit.
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.
From 2014 to 2017, our priorities will be to:
- increase the number of officers at our sites
- continue to work closely with the Department for Energy and Climate Change, our sponsoring government department
- continue to work closely with the companies that run the nuclear sites to which we are deployed and the police forces in these areas
- improve the way we work by developing our programmes for training and exercises
- modernise and improve our IT infrastructure and improve its security
For more information see our strategy and business plan.