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About CNC

With over 1000 highly trained Police Officers and Police Staff, the CNC is a specialist armed police service dedicated to protecting the civil nuclear industry. We protect 10 civil nuclear sites across England and Scotland, safeguarding nuclear material in transit and playing a key role in national security.

The civil nuclear industry includes nuclear research and provides nuclear energy to millions of people. To protect such an important commodity, as well as the public, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA) were established on 1 April 2005.

The CNPA is CNC's governing authority and reports into the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It is their job to ensure that we police effectively and efficiently while being responsive to the needs and priorities of the stakeholders we serve.


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.


We are proud to be a part of the security structure which defends the nation. We deliver to our Mission by being recruited, trained, deployed and developed to the required national and international standards.

We are capable of carrying out our duties in a flexible and dynamic way, instilling in ourselves a clear sense of purpose. If we use force, we do so in a manner proportionate to the threat, recognising and upholding the principles enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

As officers, we exemplify in our duties the attestation made on our first day of service:

"I do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of Constable with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality... according equal respect to all people."
As members of staff, we share those ideals; all of us, whatever our role, recognising that it is only by acting together that the Mission can be achieved.

We have the courage to not only deliver to the Mission, but also to challenge ourselves constantly to improve and develop. We are selfless in our pursuit of the national interest, giving our fellow citizens confidence that civil nuclear material is safe from terrorist threat.

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