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Q.There has not been a need for one in the past, why now when we are leaving BFG next year? Why not on items such as heating?
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Last year, in the run up to Winter we monitored indoor temperatures in Elec Pl. The temperature was often down to 3 or 4 degrees with little to no heating. I staffed the request for improvements and we received nothing. I came into Rochdale Bks this morning and the GGS chap complained about the current installation of a multi thousand euro digital display at the front gate. There has not been a need for one in the past, why now when we are leaving BFG next year? Why not on items such as heating?
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I understand that 2 Fd Coy Elec Pl has been operating in accommodation that is not intended to be an office space and this is the primary cause of the temperature issues you have been experiencing. I understand that suitable alternative office space has been identified for these offices on the ground floor of Building 3 in Rochdale Barracks and so this problem has now been resolved.

I am aware that an electronic notice board has recently been installed at the gate in Rochdale Barracks to replace an existing, broken asset. This replacement notice board will provide wider awareness of barrack and security issues and will become an increasingly important messaging tool as we approach drawdown.  In addition to this, the notice board will be allocated to an alternative MOD site once BFG no longer require it and so this investment, part of an ongoing 2 year programme, will not be wasted.  I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we will continue to scrutinise spending as we approach drawdown, but that also we will continue to invest where it is needed.

Q.We are continually being advised about security both in work and at home. Why is it that the BFGnet website is accessible to all on the www?
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– Camille
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All information posted on BFGnet is done so with consideration given to security, safety and sharing of information and in consultation with security advisers to ensure these three areas are balanced. 

The site has recently been subjected to independent security review and was found to be acceptable however if you see something specific which you believe is a risk on the site, please report this using the link at the bottom of the relevant page.

Q.Why has the policy changed for "signing out" of Barker Bks?
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Saturday morning dropping off library books, having to sign out, seem a bit OTT! When Sunday morning after mass, no signing out of Normandy. It's a pain, but maybe less so if I understood why. Also after visiting Med centre on Friday at 14.30! Euro 2016, or another reason? Thank you.
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I am pleased to be able to inform you that the policy for signing out at Barker Barracks has been revisited.  The requirement to sign out will now only be applied as a measure in preventing drinking and driving and during silent hours.  There may be additional occasions when the Barrack Commander may see it necessary to control departure from the site, but there should be fewer occasions when this will affect you.

Q.Would it be possible to open the back gate to Catterick Barracks at certain times of the day for pass holders only?
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– Name and Address Supplied
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We have considered the suggestion but regrettably we do not have sufficient manpower to make this possible at this time.

Q.Can you please explain what falls under the RMP and what falls under the GCP?
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I'm confused as to who I phone in what situation. If I phone the RMPs what is their procedure? For example, if I am involved in a traffic incident, would they come out immediately like the GCP? - Name and Address Supplied.
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Thank you for your question asking about the split in responsibilities between the German Civil Police (GCP) and the Royal Military Police (RMP) here in Germany.  In general, the RMP deal with incidents involving members of BFG, including families and some contractors, and the GCP take jurisdiction if a German National is involved.

In emergency situations the GCP should always be called (emergency number 110 from anywhere in Germany); if language is a problem then a RMP interpreter can be reached on the RMP Emergency Line (05254 982 2222 or Mil 94879 2222).  Suspicious activity around the Garrison, or Service Families Accommodation ‘outside of the wire’, should also be reported on the RMP Emergency Hotline.  For routine or non-emergency assistance the RMP station should be called (05254 982 2223 or Mil 94879 2223); they will inform the GCP of an incident if required.

 If you are involved in a road traffic collision then you must call the GCP and remain at the scene until they attend unless nobody is hurt and both parties are content that there is no damage (SOBF(G) 3208, Para 28).  Again if you are concerned about translation then the RMP Emergency Line will be able to assist.

 I hope that this makes things clearer for you; if you are still unsure either police force can be contacted about any incident as they routinely work closely together.

Q.In your estimation, is there an effective plan in place to deal with such act impinging upon the remaining BFG community and will our response be exercised at any time in tandem with the German authorities/ emergency services?
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During the summer, there have been throughout Europe a variety of terrorist related or random acts of violence by individuals. I understand that the North Rhine-Westphalia authorities/emergency services will be exercising their response to such an event shortly. - Name and Address Supplied.
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The events across Europe have raised concerns at home and here in BFG.  We keep our security response under regular review, we exercise regularly and we maintain the closest links with the German authorities.

Vigilance in the community is also an important part of our response; we publish advice on personal security, the threat and how to report suspicious activity.  I encourage everyone to take the time to re-read the advice and follow it.  Everyone could help; we must be as accurate as possible when we do report something suspicious – the German police are keen to respond but we don’t always give them enough information to respond effectively.