25 August 2020

​Strategic Firearms Command Re-Accreditation Course

​Please note: If you have completed or are due to complete the Specialist SFC Course with MPS, PSNI or West Mercia then you will not need to attend this course. The Specialist SFC Course will re-accredit you for 3-5 years, the same way as the College SFC re-accreditation course does.

For all requests or enquiries relating to booking a course space please email: 

For any enquiries relating to Strategic Firearms Command re-accreditation training please contact the course director on email Chris.Nelson@college.pnn.police.uk or telephone 07920535575.

Who should attend

​Strategic Firearms Commanders who are trained and experienced in applying the National Decision Model (NDM) to respond to firearms incidents.

Typically candidates will be operational and occupationally competent in the role of firearms strategic commander, and have reached the designated period for re-accreditation (3 - 5 years). 


​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.

Course Dates and Venues

​Start Date
​End Date
​Harperley Hall
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Course duration

​Three days.

Methods of delivery

A three-day course comprising of classroom inputs, immersive exercises and scenario based learning.

Assessment processes / accreditation details

Individual summative assessment by operational firearms strategic commanders during scenario based workstations.

Additional information


Booking contact:






Cost to HO forces


£1705.50 (Prices are valid from 1 Oct 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)


£1,476.00 (Prices are valid from 1 Oct 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

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