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February 15, 2017

Update on the Infrastructure Policing Review

Proposals to integrate the British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Home Office airport policing and the Ministry of Defence Police have been put on hold while options for collaborative working are explored.

The Home Office, Department for Transport and others have been asked to consider how adopting closer working practices could improve efficiency and operational effectiveness. Departments have also been asked to look at how current governance structures could be reshaped to achieve further integration of the forces in scope.

The Home Office has been asked to lead on drawing up an implementation plan for the next phase spanning the next three years and will call on the expertise of the relevant forces.

The commitment to "integrate infrastructure policing further and to review the options to do this" arose from the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review. It was widely reported by the media that plans would establish a policing unit for rapid deployment in the event of a terror attack.

Nigel Goodband, Chairman of British Transport Police Federation, said:

"We welcome this more pragmatic approach to the recommendations set out in the Review. The security of the UK's infrastructure and the safety of the wider public are critically important. Efficiency is as much about capability and readiness as it is about finances; with this in mind we support plans to fully explore the benefits that collaborations can bring."