Policy Details

Critical Incident Management

Dated: 03 Dec 2015

NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

POLICY TITLE: Critical Incident Management

AUTHOR: Suprintendent, Force Resillience Unit

CONTACT DETAILS: 101 Ext. 69977

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete

AUTHORISED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (APP) NATIONAL GUIDANCE: AVAILABLE


AIM OF POLICY: The effective management of incidents.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: To raise awareness of issues surrounding the management of critical incidents.

REASON FOR POLICY: In promoting this policy Northumbria Police recognise that the manner in which an incident is dealt with can impact upon public confidence in policing and will therefore deal with people appropriately, with respect, and in accordance with their diverse needs.


DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:

Northumbria Police recognises its positive duty to protect life under Article 2 of the Human Rights Act (1998) and the right to respect for private and family life under Article 8.

In promoting this policy Northumbria Police recognise that the manner in which an incident is dealt with can impact upon public confidence in policing and will therefore deal with people appropriately, with respect, and in accordance with his/her diverse needs.

A critical incident is defined as “any incident where the effectiveness of the police response is likely to have a significant impact on the confidence of the victim(s), their family, and/or the community”.

Critical incidents for the purpose of this policy will include:

  • Firearms incidents

  • Suspicious deaths and deaths following police contact

  • High risk missing persons

  • Terrorist incidents

  • Serious public disorder

  • Civil disasters and emergencies

  • Vehicle pursuits

And may include:
 

  • Incidents with a high level of public impact or media interest

  • Incidents which are likely to cause major disruption to the transport infrastructure

  • Serious crime

  • Hate crime

  • Racist incidents

Northumbria Police will adopt a dedicated command and control structure to ensure the effective management of critical incidents. Consideration must always be given at an early stage to the likely impact of the incident. The impact of the incident may not initially be recognised as critical, but how it is managed and possible links to other factors or incidents may lead to situations being defined as critical.


SOURCE DOCUMENT: None.

GROUPS AFFECTED: All Police Officers and Police Staff.

ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None.

This instruction is designed to avoid discrimination and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and its underlying principles.