Civil Nuclear Police Authority

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The Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA) operates under the strategic direction of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).[1]


The function of the CNPA is to maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) [2] and to ensure to ensure that the Constabulary meets the policing requirements of primary stakeholders in the nuclear industry. The CNC is the police force responsible for protecting civil nuclear licensed sites and safe-guarding nuclear materials and nuclear site operators. Whereas other police forces are overseen by the Home Office, the CNC is under the authority of the CNPA.


The CNPA is run by Michael Griffiths CBE, a retired Army Brigadier who saw active service in the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan. From 2007 until 2012 it was headed by former Foreign Office terrorism expert Richard Thompson.


The CNPA are appointed by the DECC Secretary of State and the organisation is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB).


The Civil Nuclear Police Authority is funded by the industry, as is the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. [4]

Contact, Resources and Notes





  1. CNC Website, Who are the CNC? (Accessed 2 June 2012)
  2. CNC Website, Who are the CNC? (Accessed 11 August 2008)
  3. Civil Nuclear Police Authority, Members, CNPA website, undated, acc 30 October 2013
  4. Rob Evans, Secret files reveal covert network run by nuclear police,, 20 October 2009.