A Unique force.
There is one aspect about the Civil Nuclear Constabulary [ CNC ] which we should always state whenever we write or talk about them.
The CNC refer to themselves as an Armed Force.
They are financed by the nukiller power companies and have very close links with the MOD.
They no longer guard all nukiller instillations such as Capenhurst or Springfields.
They do not guard the nukiller waste trains which pass through our city centres, and neither does the British Transport police [ BTP ] .
Yet the CNC do have powers of arrest, with no public accountability about the way they operate.
An Unworkable Proposal
Yet again the bright idea of merging the CNC, MOD Plod , and the BTP to protect nuclear sites and transport links is being touted by the Tory party.
This is an idea which has been around for a long time, but was ruled out the last time it came up a few years back.
Just consider this:-
– 95% of the BTP funding comes from Britain’s privatised train companies.
– While part of the CNC is funded by the nukiller energy companies,
– MOD plod is a part of the MOD.
So just who would land up paying for such a combined force would make for some very interesting negotiations.
That’s aside from just what the various companies might have a say in how such a new body might be controlled.
If it might be liable to any form of public accountability.
Never mind their different types of ‘training and operational needs’.
Differences in pay and remuneration.
There are also variations between MOD plod, The CNC, the BTP which would cause a number of other problems should such merger go ahead.
All three of them have very different pay structures, terms of employment, and retirement schemes.
What is really needed
Thus I just can’t see how any such proposed merger might be workable.
Though there is an urgent need to initiate a public outcry about the way the CNC operates, and just how we might better safeguard all the nukiller waste sites way in to the future.