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Cumbria Constabulary's Sellafield Policing Unit

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http://www.cumbria.police.uk/news/latest-news/new-policing-arrangements-for-sellafield-ltd-site-in-west-cumbria?mobify=0

New policing arrangements for Sellafield Ltd site in West CumbriaSellafield Ltd, Cumbria Constabulary and Civil Nuclear Constabulary introduce new arrangements for policing West Cumbria siteCumbria Constabulary’s new ‘Sellafield Policing Unit’ was born this week when the first group of police officers dedicated to policing the West Cumbria site and the immediate vicinity took on their new roles.The officers are part of a new policing team that has been created by Cumbria Constabulary to specifically deal with conventional policing issues that occur in and around the Sellafield Ltd site.Following several months of discussion about what the services will include and the level of cover required, the government, through the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), has agreed to provide funding to Cumbria Constabulary to enable the Force to secure the full-time resource required.Cumbria Constabulary’s ‘Sellafield Policing Unit’ will be embedded within Copeland Neighbourhood Policing Team. However, to ensure that the service does not detract from the policing service the rest of the Copeland community receives, the funding will ensure the Constabulary can recruit a dedicated service which will grow over the coming months to a team of seventeen police officers.Temporary Chief Constable Bernard Lawson said: “Cumbria Constabulary has a valued partnership with Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and I am pleased that we are able to work together to provide a policing solution that will benefit those who work and live around the site, as well as the wider community. “Our new ‘Sellafield Policing Unit’ will work at the Sellafield site and the Copeland Neighbourhood Policing Team base at Whitehaven police station. Although the team’s main focus will be on attending incidents that affect the site, they will also be a resource we can call on to attend issues that affect the surrounding community.“Cumbria Constabulary has a successful history of working alongside Sellafield Ltd and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and we all share an understanding in the joint role we have to play in maintaining site security.“We have created a new agreement which will see Cumbria Constabulary take responsibility for general policing issues such as upholding the law and preventing crime. This will allow the Civil Nuclear Constabulary to continue concentrating on site security.“Eight Cumbria Constabulary officers began work in the new team this week and this number will grow as we recruit more officers over the course of this year.”Rory O’Neill, Director for Stakeholder Relations at Sellafield Ltd said; “This partnership shows our continued focus on the security and policing of the Sellafield site. We welcome the additional knowledge and skills that members of Cumbria Constabulary will bring to our existing arrangements with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, and the benefits for our surrounding community.”The Sellafield Policing Unit will comprise of a team of:• 1 Sergeant• 1 Detective Constable• 15 Police ConstablesThe new Sellafield Policing Unit will respond to reported incidents in the usual way. They will be despatched by Cumbria Constabulary communications centre.
As a CNC officer this embarrasses me. I'm sure we'd be quite capable if only allowed to by the hierarchy.

Sorry for double post

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Mpt

So with that, what role do CNC play there now? Bar the transporting and on site expertise

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sb871546081077

CNC are responsible for the counter terrorism measures at site. I can see the logic behind it, but it's not like we're inundated with crime to deal with that it would detract from our CT capability.

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Javioli

Did that sauna ever get built?

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Radman

I find it very strange that this has happened - CNC is well and truly an 'Armed Security Guards' job now it seems (excuse me if that sounded harsher then I intended it to) but why dont you deal with crimes that occur on site?

MOD Plod do

BTP do

Port Police do

Parks Police did (to an extent)

Its not like you're not capable of investigating the amount of crime that comes your way, what did you do in your training?

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I'm sure I read somewhere as a force the CNC had 7 arrests in 5 years.

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Javioli

And there are more CNC officers on duty within the Sellafield site at one time than the entire county of Cumbria?

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I'm sure I read somewhere as a force the CNC had 7 arrests in 5 years.

I pulled the statistic up for 2010/11 and in total they only had 12 arrests, nationwide in the entire year...

Heres the link from a Freedom of Information Request

Compare that with the much smaller Port of Dover Police - who detected 69 (Oh yeah... ;) ) offences in the month of December 2012 alone - thats probably more then my station detected in December!

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I find it very strange that this has happened - CNC is well and truly an 'Armed Security Guards' job now it seems (excuse me if that sounded harsher then I intended it to) but why dont you deal with crimes that occur on site?

MOD Plod do

BTP do

Port Police do

Parks Police did (to an extent)

Its not like you're not capable of investigating the amount of crime that comes your way, what did you do in your training?

Well, their CC is ex-Security Services, make of that what you will.

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I find it very strange that this has happened - CNC is well and truly an 'Armed Security Guards' job now it seems (excuse me if that sounded harsher then I intended it to) but why dont you deal with crimes that occur on site?

How much crime is there on these sites though? I can't imagine there is all that much.

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How much crime is there on these sites though? I can't imagine there is all that much.

Which sort of baffles why they dont investigate them, smaller forces seem to manage it and as we've already seen CNC seems to have a fair number of cops on duty on site.

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Baring in my Port of Dover has their own CID, the investigations at least get a large amount of attention!

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Baring in my Port of Dover has their own CID, the investigations at least get a large amount of attention!

CNC also has a CID Team doesnt it?

If it doesnt why not employ one?

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CNC also has a CID Team doesnt it?

If it doesnt why not employ one?

I'm not sure!

I'll plead ignorance if they do

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I'm not sure!

I'll plead ignorance if they do

But even if it didnt what are the PC's doing 99% of the time? Bar gate guarding and patrols?

Whats wrong with them investigating low level offences that occur on site?

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