Armed policing

Strategic threat and risk assessment (STRA)

Forces are required to produce an annual strategic threat and risk assessment (STRA). The STRA will be reviewed every six months, but as a living document it should be monitored, reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure that it remains current.

Force STRAs will be used to create aggregated collaborative, regional and national STRAs.

The purpose of the STRA is to establish the operational requirements for the police use of firearms and less lethal options within the applicable force or region. The STRA will enable decisions to be made with regard to the appropriate:

  • firearms deployment profile across the force (or relevant area)
  • firearms capability
  • firearms policy and training
  • future demands and threats.

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