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Within the UK, a range of incidents occur each year that involve Chemical, Biological or Radiological substances. Whilst some of these are of no direct concern to the police, being wholly dealt with by other agencies, a number of these incidents, to varying degrees, involve some form of policing element. In addition, at the far end of the spectrum lies CBRN Terrorism which is, by definition, a policing matter. The police have a responsibility towards all CBRN incidents that involve some level of potential criminal allegation or investigation, with the police working closely with partner agencies in many cases.
The police have a number of staff trained and equipped as CBRN responders to respond to an actual or suspected CBRN incident, within the Metropolitan Police Area and throughout the United Kingdom.
The roles and duties of these staff include Command & Control, scene reconnaissance, casualty assistance, cordoning, suspect handling, agent sampling and identification, firearms operations, explosive ordnance disposal, criminal investigation, forensics, search, screening and maritime operations.
A number of officers have been trained to provide the Strategic, Tactical and Operational levels of command of a suspected or actual CBRN incident, or contingency plan.
Police call-handling staff and all operational police staff are provided with training and information on the recognition of a CBRN incident and the initial tasks that should be undertaken to minimise risk and aid the response.
At any time a number of CBRN responders are on duty to provide an immediate response to an incident. They cover several roles, including the ability to provide a proportionate immediate assessment of any suspect device, material or atmosphere - enabling incidents to either be escalated early to aid the response, or resolved rapidly to minimise disruption and restore normality.
In addition, staff are able to provide assistance to event, security and contingency planning.
These functions are conducted in a multi-agency environment, as appropriate to circumstances, with other Police Services, Emergency Service Partners, and other agencies.
Cali-bound with Kevin in T-17hrs to visit family, and celebrate our first year wedding anniversary.
I know I should be thinking of Hollywood, or the Palm Tree-lined street in Beverly Hills, but everytime I'm singing California Dreamin, I think of Hong Kong and Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express. .
P.S. if you've seen this movie and loved it, you're my kind of person.