To All Members
21st January 2016
You will be aware, from the rumours that have been circulating and the Chief Officers blog, that there are discussions and options being considered in relation to our role in providing security to the Nuclear environment and our replacement by military personnel.
These options have been identified as a result of the internal review by the Department and from options put forward and developed by the Department, including MDP Senior management and the SDSR team.
So far, these considerations have only been considered from a financial perspective and at this time we know that no specific decision has been taken to replace MDP with military, but it is under serious consideration and in either event, the money that it would potentially save, has been identified and removed from the respective budgets.
Clearly, we the DPF do not believe that this is in the best interests of the Department or the Nation as a whole and will do all we can to ensure that every consideration is explored before a final decision is made. The removal of front line civilian assets from security, replacing them with military front line troops and the reduction of Police Firearms capability, especially at a time such as this, is totally counter productive to national security and makes no operational or strategic sense.
We will be meeting with the Department and with parliamentary supporters and will continue to demonstrate that these roles, far from not requiring constabulary authority, benefit from it and the capability, training and public accountability of our officers and their provision to this arena. Not only that, but our officers contribution to National Security is a significant one, and moves such as this will only reduce the national response to a terrorist threat, whether directed towards Departmental targets or a civilian one, as we have witnessed all too often recently.
I am sorry I cannot give more information at this time, but as I have said, the only thing we are certain of, is that this is being considered at the highest levels, but that no definite decision has been made.
Defence Police Federation