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A two-week training course in Incident Management, designed to enable the police to effectively manage street demonstrations, gang fights or sporting events, ended today at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Staff College in Twickenham Park. The course was conducted by officers from the Bramshill Police Staff College in the United Kingdom, one of the most reputable police colleges in Europe.The programme comprised the training of officers at three levels of command – gold, silver and bronze. Superintendent Stewart Twigg from the International Faculty of the Bramshill College, explained to JIS News that the gold commander is the individual who has overall command of a particular incident or pre planned operation. This person, he said, would probably be at the rank of an Assistant Commissioner. “He would set the strategy for the operation, and provide the resources for the operational commander in order that they can achieve the strategic aims,” he noted.
The silver commander is responsible for operations and he/she deploys officers and develops the tactical plan, while the bronze commander is the person on the ground who ensures that the requirements of the silver commander are carried out.
The Superintendent made it clear that the roles were not rank specific, as a sergeant may very well be the commander at a spontaneous incident.
Superintendent Twigg told JIS News that the subject areas covered in the course included: how critical incidents are defined; introduction to the command structure system; the relationship between the commanders; intelligence and information, and how to use the conflict management model in making decisions to ensure an audit trail. The course also included a simulated demonstration, which afforded police officers the opportunity to manage a hostile crowd.The Superintendent said, “it’s important that the appropriate people are exposed to this training on a regular basis.”
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Dave Hyman and Inspector Lloyd Thomas, who participated in the course, said they were satisfied with the training received, adding that it helped to fill a need in the constabulary.
“In our situation, where critical incidents occur so frequently. you can never tell how they’re going to turn out,” ASP Hyman noted. He further pointed out that this type of management course helped to prevent duplication at the scene of the incident, resulting in better closure to the event.
Inspector Thomas was similarly impressed. “It is well needed,” he asserted. “What Superintendent Twigg has brought to us is a proper management structure, so that when we get out there, we know exactly what’s to be done, who is doing what. and through the exercises, we saw that it can really bear fruit,” he noted.
Both officers are among five who will be responsible for training other members of the force. It is expected that in the medium term, this course of study will also be offered to participants from the wider Caribbean.

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