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Safety first for Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has signed up to a new agreement designed to keep its officers and the public safe near high voltage electrical equipment.

From News & press - 24 March 2021 12:00 AM

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Electricity firm UK Power Networks created a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which sets out procedures and responsibilities in the event of an incident involving electricity, to ensure safe working areas.

The power company, who distribute electricity across the east of England, will work with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to quickly make safe any electrical equipment which would pose a hazard, so that emergency services’ works can be carried out without delay. 

Police officers can now see the locations of substations, underground cables and overhead lines, and know how to gain assurances about electrical safety when arriving at a site where there are ‘danger of death’ signs in place.

Peter Vujanic, head of health and safety at UK Power Networks, said: “Working safely and maintaining the safety of the general public and the people who help them such as the emergency services is our top priority.

“This Memorandum of Understanding defines protocols which will ensure any incidents involving electricity are dealt with in an effective manner providing a safe working area for police officers.”

Superintendent Robin Sissons, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “We welcome this agreement which will help enhance the safety of our frontline officers and staff, as well as keeping the public safe when dealing with incidents near high voltage electrical equipment.

“This MOU will help to reassure those arriving at a scene, and the public, that in the event of incidents involving UK Power Networks, their safety is paramount.”