Strategic Firearms Command Course

Who should attend

​Officers responsible for authorising and commanding firearms operations within force.


​To enable officers to provide effective, strategic leadership of incidents and operations, which may require the deployment of firearms and less lethal weapons as part of the policing response, by being intrusive, supportive and objective.


  • Demonstrate the ability to command an armed operation, displaying an awareness of the needs of key stakeholders, the roles and responsibilities to be discharged within an appropriate command structure and the leadership challenges they face.
  • Apply the National Decision Model (NDM) in accordance with ECHR, demonstrating the ability to evaluate information in order to make an appropriate assessment of threat and risk within a dynamic situation.
  • Prioritise and continually review the strategic aims and tactical parameters of a firearms operation, engaging with and communicating key decisions to multiple stakeholders whilst maintaining appropriate records.
  • Assess and approve tactical plans, ensuring that they incorporate appropriate professional advice and deploy appropriate resources in light of the legal framework, the strategic aim and the specific dynamic context within which they will be deployed.
  • Demonstrate to a range of stakeholders that the continuing justification for the resources deployed by police within a firearms operation is in accordance with ECHR.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the circumstances that should trigger post incident activation and of the key roles and the issues to be addressed.

Entry requirements

​Delegates must complete an e-learning package to the required standard achieving a minimum knowledge check pass mark of 75%.

Course Dates and Venues

Start dateEnd dateVenuePlaces
15/07/201919/07/2019RytonPlease email
23/09/201927/09/2019RytonPlease email
07/10/201911/10/2019RytonPlease email
18/11/201922/11/2019RytonPlease email
09/12/201913/12/2019RytonPlease email
13/01/202017/01/2020RytonPlease email
23/03/202027/03/2020TBCPlease email
15/06/202019/06/2020RytonPlease email
13/07/202017/07/2020RytonPlease email
14/09/202018/09/2020RytonPlease email

Course duration

​5 days.  12 places on each course

Additional information


Booking contact:

Sureena Mehmi


07785 571908


Cost to HO forces


£1897.50 Tuition Fee (Prices valid 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020)

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