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Strategic firearms command re-accreditation course

Provide effective, strategic leadership of incidents and operations, which may require the deployment of firearms and less-lethal weapons.

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 three to five years, the same way as the College SFC re-accreditation course does.

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


​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 the European Convention on Human Rights (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.

Key details

Qualification eligibility

​Strategic firearms commanders who are trained and experienced in applying the national decision model to respond to firearms incidents.

Practitioner group

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


Three days.

Accreditation notes:

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


Home Office forces (residential):


Course contact
Additional information

For any enquiries relating to strategic firearms command re-accreditation training, contact the course director at [email protected] or telephone 07881262528.

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