Strategic command skills course


The strategic command skills course comprises a day’s classroom learning, covering topics across the National Decision Model (NDM), threat assessments, strategy writing, critical incident management and Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP). 

The second day is an immersive learning event (Hydra) where the delegates deal with an operational issue that tests their ability to apply the NDM as a Gold in an operational setting. 

Who should attend

The College of Policing is able to provide two-day courses to newly promoted superintendents or chief superintendents who feel that they would benefit from an improved understanding of the responsibilities and skills required of a Strategic (Gold) Commander.

This course would also be of benefit to students who are looking to apply for the Strategic Firearms Command or Gold Public Order Public Safety Command courses with limited recent operational experience in either discipline.


  • Understand and describe the role of Gold (Strategic) commander and relevant supporting roles for internal and external critical incidents.

  • Apply the NDM to the making and reviewing of strategic command decisions.

  • Describe the key elements to consider in the ratifying and adopting of a threat assessment and working strategy.

  • Explain how the ECHR Articles apply to strategic command in respect of strategy, tactical parameters and policing style.

  • Apply the Risk Principles to strategic decision making and empowering tactical commanders.

  • Explain the strategic relationships between category 1 and 2 responders, the Joint Regional Liaison Officer (JRLO), The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – Resilience and Emergencies Division (MHCLG-RED) and Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) in a major incident response.

  • Describe the importance of a good quality decision log and its key elements, including detailed reference to the Risk Principles and Human Rights.

Upcoming course dates:

  • 23-24 September 2019
  • 13-14 January 2020
  • 2-3 March 2020


For more information on the programme, or to book your place on any of the course dates, email

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