Civil Nuclear Constabulary

With over 1,300 highly trained police officers and police staff, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is a specialist armed police service dedicated to protecting the civil nuclear industry.

They currently protect 10 civil nuclear sites across England and Scotland, safeguarding nuclear material in transit and playing a key role in national security.

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary utilises many of the essential skills and attributes acquired during Military service. With a range of career opportunities for police officers and police staff in a variety of different teams, Service leavers will find that their existing skills are brought to the fore while at the same time they are given opportunity to develop new ones.

There is no question that Service-leavers are well placed to deliver the skills and expertise required by the Constabulary. There are few employers that reflect Military characteristics and practices as closely as the CNC.

Different sites, different roles
As well as opportunities at operational units at a number of nuclear sites, CNC have a number of specialist teams that require specific expertise. Once you have successfully completed your probationary training you could apply to join one of these team, such as Dog Handlers, Specialist Escort Group (marine and road) and special branch. There is plenty of scope for Service leavers to utilise the skills and experiences they acquired in the Military.

Of course, it’s not only about ‘frontline staff’. The Constabulary uses a variety of skilled people to operate, develop and manage their support teams. This includes ensuring that the Constabulary runs smoothly through the use of effective IT systems, to managing finances and recruiting and developing its people.

Easy resettlement spoke with Chief Superintendent Duncan Worsell, Divisional Commander, about how the Civil Nuclear Constabulary operates

What can Service-leavers bring to the CNC?
Leaving the armed forces can be challenging for many reasons, but when you come to the CNC you will be pleased to find a sense of belonging. You come from a disciplined background, you will be used to operating as part of a team, you understand the need for personal responsibility as well as caring for those around you and on whom you may depend if your armed role becomes “active”. You will be physically fit and you will have the personal resilience and courage to deliver a quality and dependable armed response service which protects the public, the country and your colleagues.

What does the CNC offer as an employer?
As well as a competitive salary and other benefits, the CNC offers a transition from the Military that protects and maintains many of the principles which you will have lived by and which are held dear by those who have fought and worked to protect our country and its assets. We employ many former Military personnel, and many of our leaders come from similar backgrounds, so we understand the challenge which you face and the adjustments which are required to make a seamless transition. We offer fairness, equality, recognition and reward, we train our armed police officers to national standards which will give you the confidence that you need to meet the challenge of a complex and ever changing terrorist threat. Finally, we recruit from all backgrounds, the diversity of our workplace is very important to us so if you feel that you don’t fit one particular model or type, you are not excluded, you will be welcomed.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary
The starting salary for new recruit police officers is currently £22,440 per year. This will increase after successful completion of the probationary period to £24,171. With satisfactory performance and the achievement of requisite skills this will rise to £39,150.

Police staff salaries are determined by salary bands, depending on the level of the role.


Police Officers:
• 22 days annual leave rising to 30 days after 20 years’ service
• Final contribution salary pension scheme
• South-east allowance, for officers based at specific locations
• Paid overtime

Police Staff:
• 27.5 days annual leave per year rising to 32.5 days after 20 years’ service
• Flexi-time
• Flexible working scheme 

Final contribution salary pension scheme
Corporate bonus scheme

Application Process
The nature of the work that the CNC is involved in means that they are obliged to conduct a rigorous application process. The process involves a variety of screening checks, as well as security, reference, medical and fitness checks. The Constabulary view this as an essential part of ensuring that they recruit the most able individuals as well as ensuring that joining the CNC is the right move for you.

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CNC is an equal opportunities employer

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