LEADERSHIP: Who is in charge?

One for the #PolTwt crowd: Leadership Who is in charge!

Walk the Talk


Any organisation that has to deal with major incidents whether that be the Police, Fire or Ambulance use a command and control system. For those not familiar with the structure, there follows a brief overview.

A gold–silver–bronze command structure is used by emergency services of the United Kingdom to establish a hierarchical framework for the command and control of major incidents and disasters. The so-called “platinum control” is government level (COBR). Some practitioners use the term strategic–tactical–operational command structure instead, but the different categories are equivalent. Whilst this system does not explicitly signify hierarchy of rank, with the roles not being rank-specific, invariably the chain of command will be the same as the order of rank. Whilst the gold–silver–bronze command structure was designed for emergencies, it has been utilised for all manner of planned operations, such as football matches, or firearms operations.

The structure was created by the UK Metropolitan…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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