The Active Unit
The Active Unit is formed by the Regiment, and the HAC Police Detachment:
The Regiment - at the forefront of current operations
The Honourable Artillery Company is the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army. The HAC is the only dedicated Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Regiment. It has a demanding and vital role in the British Army providing discreet patrols to operate deep in hostile territory without support for extended periods. It provides target information and intelligence for the deep strike systems of the British Army and NATO (such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System and strike aircraft). The Regiment is organised into three Patrol Squadrons, a Headquarters Squadron, a Liaison Troop and a Regimental Band and Corps of Drums.
The HAC has always got members deployed on operations in various different roles. They range from surveillance roles to FSTs (Fire Support Teams), radar and signals, intelligence and logistics.
The Regiment also has a unique ceremonial role in the City of London providing the Saluting Battery at the Tower of London and Guards of Honour for State Occasions.
To find out more about the HAC visit the Regiment's website: www.hac.org.uk
HAC Police Detachment of Special Constabulary
Maintaining law and order in the City of London...
The HAC Police Detachment is a unit of the City of London Police Special Constabulary (volunteer police officers) and is part of the HAC Active Unit.
The unit was formed in 1918 by the Regimental Colonel who, fearing unrest from all of the disbanded soldiers returning from the trenches, swore-in returning members of the HAC as Special Constables. Still recognisable by the distinct and unique 1918 “HAC” shoulder titles, the unit has remained a part of the HAC Active Unit ever since.
The unit's officers have the same powers as regular Police Constables and are responsible for Policing the HAC and Armoury House, as well as normal police duties in the City of London, including foot and car patrols, major public events, and specialist functions (such as economic crime, cycle squad, mounted branch and public order). 2010 saw one of the Detachment’s officers become the first serving Special Constable in Afghanistan, another officer won a National Award for ground-breaking work against economic crime, and the detachment remains the only unit in the British Police with its own drill sergeant!