Specialist Operations are responsible for the guidance and curriculum for the use of firearms, less lethal options and public order.Brian is also the College single point of contact for mounted policing, police dogs Unmanned Aerial Systems and police interoperability.Firearms: The College has been commissioned to undertake a review of the Codes of Practice on the Police use of Firearms and Less Lethal Weapons. The College also works with the National Police Chiefs' Council Coordinating Committee to ensure that the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum and annual command training are updated to reflect the necessary operational response to emerging threats. The College is also working on a revision of the Handbook of Police Range Safety including a consolidation of MOD guidance into a College owned product to support range licensing. The College also facilitates practitioner working groups and several POLKA communities that enable practitioners to share working practices and experience across various firearms disciplines to inform curriculum development and licensed training programmes.
Licensing Firearms Training and Ranges: The College also licence forces to deliver firearms training in line with the national curriculum and licence forces to use firearms ranges to conduct much of the training.Conducted Electricity Device (CED): Work has begun in preparation for the future roll out of a new CED following the discontinuance of the current TASER manufactured device. This is likely to involve a wider review of CED use given the high level of press and public interest. The College will play a vital role in revising guidance and developing the training curriculum for whichever device is selected.
Public Order (PO): The College is working on identifying the resources to support the revision of the PO APP agreed by national business area lead last year. The College also works with the National Police Chiefs' Council Coordinating Committee to ensure that the National Public Order Training Curriculum and annual command training are updated to reflect the necessary operational response to protest and public safety events. The College is working on a restructure and comprehensive review of PO modules across the curriculum and will review the guidance for Police Liaison and Evidence Gathering Teams. Curriculum maintenance support will be provided to assist forces with the introduction of this revised programme. The College is engaging with dog and mounted national working groups to produce new modules in relation to command of these assets within a public order context. Public Order medic training has been reviewed and for the first time national guidance has been published in relation to minimum equipment requirements. The College facilitates several POLKA communities that enable practitioners to share working practices and experiences across various public order disciplines.Licensing PO Training: The College also licences forces to deliver PO training in line with the national curriculum. A review is being undertaken in relation to the assessment criteria for command training up to and including Silver level. The College works with the lead for public order to ensure that emerging trends identified from the national Public Order Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment and other thematic learning areas are reflected in licensed training programmes.