There are a lot of changes going on around Cumbrian,
and the Windscale / Sellafield nukiller plant.
Cumbria Constabulary, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary have just launched the Sellafield Policing Unit.
This new police unit has been created
‘to specifically deal with conventional policing issues that occur
in and around the Sellafield’.
The new unit will consist of 17 police officers:
Eight of which will be based at the plant and the rest at
Whitehaven Police Station.
Exactly who this new unit will report to,
and just how it will operate in practice,
is something which will need to be monitored from now on.
The creation of this new unit raises some interesting questions about police accountability, and other civil liberty issues.