Hartlepool is a relatively small nuclear site on the north east coast near the mouth of the River Tees. The area is renowned for being a friendly place to visit – and it’s the same if you’re stationed there. Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Stockton are all close by, offering excellent shopping facilities and there is also the Metro Centre at Gateshead, about 25 miles away. The area also offers lots in the way of family attractions, including more castles in Northumbria than any other county.

As well as outdoor pursuits in the Tees Valley and Derwent Water, there are also lots of opportunities for sporting activities, with plenty of gymnasiums and golf courses to choose from. The north east is of course renowned for its great football clubs and with theatres in all the main towns and cities, as well as great restaurants and pubs, there are plenty of attractions. There are a number of nature reserves in the footprint of the power station, and for keen bird-watchers the Tees Mouth Bird Watching Club has an interesting web site.

The officers based at Hartlepool are employed on counter terrorist patrols within and around the 0.4 square km site. The CNC facilities were refurbished in January 2006 and as the number of Officers increase, further accommodation is being planned. As it’s a small station, everyone gets on well together and most of the officers are from the local area.