CIVIL NUCLEAR CONSTABULARY
T h e E x e c u t i v e O f f i c e
Mr. Anthony Howarth
C i v i l N u c l e a r C o n s t a b u l a r y
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Dear Mr Howarth
I am writing in response to your request for information regarding the below received on 11
June 2015. Your request has been handled under Section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. In accordance with Section 1(1)(a) of the Act I hereby confirm that the CNC/CNPA
does hold information of the type specified. I wish to make a Freedom of Information request to your police force. The request
regards whether, or not, your force employs the use of ethnic monitoring in relation to
Gypsies and Irish Travellers. With regards to this, I would like to ask three questions:
Are Gypsies and Irish Travellers monitored as standard policy in your police force?
If not, please explain why your police force does or does not monitor Gypsies and Irish
The CNC monitor for ethnicity at point of recruitment. How many police officers are self-declared either as Romany Gypsy or Irish Traveller in
We do not employ any self-declared Romany Gypsy or Irish Traveller staff.
The Civil Nuclear Constabulary is a specialist armed police service dedicated to the civil nuclear
industry, with Operational Policing Units based at 11 civil nuclear sites in England, Scotland and
Wales and over 1400 police officers and staff. The Constabulary headquarters is at Culham in
Oxfordshire. The civil nuclear industry forms part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure and
the role of the Constabulary contribute to the overall framework of national security.
The purpose of the Constabulary is to protect licensed civil nuclear sites and to safeguard
nuclear material in transit. The Constabulary works in partnership with the appropriate Home
Office Police Force or Police Scotland at each site. Policing services required at each site are
agreed with nuclear operators in accordance with the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations
2003 and ratified by the UK regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Armed policing
services are required at most civil nuclear sites in the United Kingdom. The majority of officers
in the Constabulary are Authorised Firearms Officers.
The Constabulary is recognised by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales
and Northern Ireland (ACPO) and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS).
Through the National Coordinated Policing Protocol, the Constabulary has established
memorandums of understanding with the local police forces at all 11 Operational Policing Units.
Mutual support and assistance enable the Constabulary to maintain focus on its core role.
We take our responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act seriously but, if you feel your
request has not been properly handled or you are otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of
your request, you have the right to complain. We will investigate the matter and endeavour to
reply within 3 – 6 weeks. You should write in the first instance to:
Culham Science Centre
If you are still dissatisfied following our internal review, you have the right, under section 50 of
the Act, to complain directly to the Information Commissioner. Before considering your
complaint, the Information Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the
complaints procedures provided by the CNPA.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
FOI Compliance Team (complaints)
If you require any further assistance in connection with this request please contact us at our
Culham Science Centre
Civil Nuclear Constabulary