Post Incident Procedures Seminar 2016

 We held a national seminar on Post Incident Procedures (PIPs) in conjunction with the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA) on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October 2016.

Delegates at the event in Hinckley, Leicestershire, heard from a series of experts on subjects including; existing and developing guidance, the role of the IPCC in investigations and welfare support available to officers.

The need for effective Post-Incident Procedure beyond just a firearms incident was one of the key themes on day one. It was outlined how highly stressful situations and factors including physical exertion can have a huge effect on an officers memory of an incident. Findings, backed up by significant amounts of research, concluded that investigations following an incident should not be memory tests.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Chesterman, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for firearms, made the point that without an effective PIP process the service risks the ability to retain and increase firearms officers through fear of the impact an incident can have on their life and career.

On the second day of the seminar, Lorraine Hope, Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology at Portsmouth University and Dave Blocksidge, from the Police Fireams Operators Association, gave a fascinating insight into the effects that a highly impactive incident can have on a person’s memory.

At the conclusion it was felt that the seminar had put a marker in the sand for beginning to tackle the challenges faced by officers affected by PIPs. Che Donald, from the Police Federation of England and Wales, and organiser of the event, reflected that the seminar had reinforced the impression that protection is afforded to the force and the officer if guidance is followed correctly. Existing Authorised Professional Practice is the gold standard and needs to exist for incidents beyond firearms operations.

Speaking at the event were:

  • Lord Willy Bach – A Justice Minister from 2008-2010 and Shadow Attorney General under Ed Miliband, currently Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire
  • Deputy Chief Constable Simon Chesterman – national firearms lead and DCC of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary
  • Scott Ingram – Criminal Defence Lawyer at Slater & Gordon Solicitors
  • Kevin Nicholson – Firearms Lead, College of Policing
  • Tim Godwin – Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) 
  • Professor Lorraine Hope – University of Portsmouth, an expert in memory and recall techniques
  • David Blocksidge – PFOA member and ex police firearms Federation representative
  • Mark Williams – Chief Executive, PFOA
  • Mark Aldred - QEB Hollis Whiteman
  • PFEW Firearms lead Che Donald

The following presentations are available to view (requires Powerpoint):