Memorandum from the United Kingdom Atomic
Energy Authority Constabulary (UKAEAC)
To introduce myself, I am Ian Adams, a Chief
Inspector in Operations Support with the United Kingdom Atomic
Energy Authority Constabulary (UKAEAC).
It is the statutory duty of the UKAEAC to protect
nuclear material on behalf of the Government, both on nuclear
licensed sites and in transit. The UKAEAC is authorised to use
armed police officers in the protection of nuclear material.
The UKAEAC has a National Policing Protocol
and has Memoranda of Understanding with those Home/Scottish Office
Police Forces responsible for policing the areas where the UKAEAC
police civil nuclear licensed sites.
It is thus that I ask whether the Chief Constable
of the UKAEAC should be included within the Civil Contingencies
Act 2004 as a Category One Responder?
The Chief Constable has a duty to ensure that
the contingency planning for policing serious incidents, including
acts of terrorism at civil nuclear licensed sites are current
and integrate with similar plans held by Home/Scottish office
Forces. The UKAEAC contingency planning is complementary to that
of the Nuclear site licensee, whose plans are part of the wider
area contingency planning for all major responders.
The Chief Constable of the UKAEAC also has a
duty to comply with the Government Regulatory requirements (the
Office for Civil Nuclear Security) in relation to the security
and protection of civil nuclear sites and nuclear material in
production, storage and transit. The protection of the civil nuclear
sites is pro-active and in liaison with Home/Scottish office Police
Forces as detailed in the National Policing Protocol and the Memoranda
Further, the Department of Trade and Industry's
recent Quinquennial Review of the UKAEA set out a recommendation
for the transfer of the Constabulary to a statutory police authority
in line with the changes brought about with the introduction of
the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
I respectfully submit this for your attention
and await your response.
Chief Inspector in Operations Support