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Briefing and debriefing

Operations

Briefings should set the style and tone for an operation. Briefing provides the information needed to direct deployed resources. This information is also used for debriefing personnel in order to obtain further relevant, available information. The national briefing model This is a way of describing the briefing and debriefing process and can be broken down into […]

Operations

Command and control structures, interoperability, planning and review.
Last modified: January 2020

Reference material

Operations

Operations APP contains references to the following. ACPO (2006) Murder Investigation Manual ACPO (2009) Guidance on Multi-agency Interoperability Cabinet Office, UK Resilience website Civil Contingencies Act 2004 Criminal Law Act 1967 Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 Department for Communities and Local Government (2012) Bellwin scheme of emergency financial assistance to local authorities Edwards v […]

Strategic planning

Operations

A strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a series of objectives or a particular goal. It sets out the high-level overview of the police response and, as such, does not get drawn into tactical or operational detail. The gold (strategic) commander must ensure that a strategy to direct police action is developed. General […]

Tactical planning

Operations

Tactics are the method of deploying police resources in order to meet specific objectives. Dependent on the circumstances, the police response may consist of a single tactic or a series of individual and/or combined tactics. The proportionality of any specific tactic varies in accordance with the scenario to which it is applied. There is, therefore, no […]

Deployment planning

Operations

In accordance with the tactical plan, and if practicable, the bronze (operational) commander may be required to develop deployment plan(s) relevant to their area of command (functional or geographic). A deployment plan is likely to be primarily focused on the detailed deployment of resources and contingencies. In incidents, spontaneous or otherwise, involving a multi-agency response JESIP should […]

Operational review

Operations

The review of police operations is closely linked with the principle of policing by consent. It is also a feature of the statement of mission and values. Hence, public confidence in policing can be influenced by a range of issues, including the perception that the police response was inadequate, inappropriate, or otherwise had a significant impact […]

Command and control definitions and procedures

Operations

It is essential that the language of command and control is clearly understood when responding to an incident or operation, particularly where the response involves partner agencies. The terms identified here are well known and widely used throughout the police service. Definitions Integrity of command The principle of integrity of command is that each emergency service and […]

Core planning principles

Operations

Effective decision making should underpin all planning. Role of the police The police have core operational duties which include: protecting life and property preserving order preventing the commission of offences bringing offenders to justice. The police have additional duties that are prescribed under legislation and common law. When planning a police response, it is imperative that […]

Command and control

Operations

The police service deals with a wide range of incidents and operations that are typically resolved by deploying available resources. There are, however, certain incidents or operations where the police response requires a different approach and it may be necessary to establish a dedicated command structure. Command and control is the authority and capability of […]