As a police force, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is unique in the way that it is organised and operates. It describes itself as an armed force. Officers are known as ‘griffins’ because a griffin icon forms part of their logo. The CNC was established in 2005, replacing the Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary which had been established in 1955. It is run by the Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA) and is a branch of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with a board which consists of representatives from the nukiller industry. One member of the Ministry of Defence police who has been on secondment to the CNC described it as extremely well resourced. It has over 1,100 armed police whose job is to guard Britain’s atomic reactors. A £39m firearms training centre is currently being built next to the Sellafield nukiller waste plant in Cumbria. In addition to this, there is the CNC Strategic Escort Group. This is a specialist team who provide armed protection for high security nuclear cargo during transportation in the UK and internationally.
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