Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Tactical Commander (Silver)

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family CBRN
Code OPS-CBRN-ME-Tactical Commander (Silver) v1.0

Role Purpose

The Tactical Commander (Silver) delivers the tactical options against the wider operational strategy, ensuring that the delivery is both co-ordinated with partner agencies and the tactical priorities and parameters, and mitigating the health and safety risks when implementing the tactical options.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop tactical plans for the deployment of CBRN resources, taking into account any tactical parameters, in order to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Analyse information and intelligence as part of the process for developing an ongoing tactical response to support the successful outcome of the operation.
  • Identify the best tactical options by conducting analysis and receiving specialist advice in order to achieve operational and strategic objectives.
  • Develop lines of communication to ensure that any changes to either the strategic or tactical objectives of an operation are communicated to all operational commanders efficiently.
  • Manage and coordinate multi-agency resources and activities, where required, to facilitate a multi-agency response to CBRN incidents in line with JESIP principles.
  • Assess the wider impact of the specialist tactical options, making use of the Scientific and Technical Advice Cell (STAC) to mitigate the impact on the local community and public safety.


All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Prior education and experience:

  • Experience and understanding of Major Incident procedures and Management.
  • Experience and understanding of Initial Operational Response (IOR).
  • Knowledge of College of Policing CBRN National Guidance.
  • Knowledge of National and local CBRN policies.
  • Hold Chief Superintendent/Superintendent rank and be occupationally and operationally competent Silver Public Order or Tactical Firearms commanders.
  • Successful completion of the National multi-agency CBRN Tactical Commanders Course.


  • Able to use a range of communication and influencing techniques and methods to successfully negotiate, collaborate and/or effect change.
  • Able to provide clear and concise instructions and guidance to a team in pressurised situations.
  • Able to apply or devise specialised concepts and methods of analysis (or commission them from others), to clarify and/or solve complex problems.
  • Able to lead, develop and motivate a diverse team; creating strong engagement with the function’s performance objectives and with Force values.
  • Able to hold individuals to account for their performance and behaviours.
  • Skilled in setting function, team and individual objectives, assessing progress, identifying objectives, assessing progress, identifying emerging risks, issues and opportunities and taking corrective steps as required to ensure that the right results are achieved.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Complete 2 days CPD every 12 months either operationally, by attending CPD events locally, or sessions advertised by the National CBRN centre CPD team.
  • Keep up to date with changing legislation and national guidance and how this may affect you in your role.
  • Keep up to date with CBRN and command and control trends and learning as promulgated through the national learning and development groups and other forums such as the public order communities on POLKA.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not Applicable.

Links to other Profiles

  • Public Order Tactical Commander (Silver)
  • Firearms Tactical Commander (Silver)
  • CBRN Strategic Commander (Gold)
  • CBRN Operational Commander (Bronze)
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