Our nuclear sites, railways and roads are protected by different agencies, with different funding, regulations and oversight. In 2015, the government launched a National Security and Strategic Defence and Security review, identifying this situation as a security threat. Among the solutions, the review suggested a unified police force, bringing together the British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the Ministry of Defence Police. This is what the government has promised to pursue. However, it is still unclear how this policy will affect police employment and infrastructure defence.
After including this promise in the manifesto, the government has not announced further moves. We learned more in June 2018 from an interview with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, in which she said:
“I’m very pleased, as I understand it, that the notion of infrastructure policing, BTP merging with other forces, is not on the table at the moment…”
In May 2018, the Home Office “single departmental plan” was updated, scrapping previous references to the national infrastructure police.
Until further announcements, this policy will be considered ‘not started’. We are on the lookout for official acknowledgement that it is being reversed, or ‘broken’. It will move to ‘done’ only if and when the national infrastructure police force is fully operational. Follow this policy for the latest developments.
If you want to know more…
- National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 – Gov.uk
- Commissioner: I’m pleased police infrastructure is not moving forward – Police Community
- Home Office single departmental plan – Gov.uk
- Labour slams PM for failure to create national infrastructure police force – Infrastructure Intelligence