Public Order Gold Command

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family Public Order
Code OPS-PO-SL-Gold-Command v1.1

Role Purpose

The Public Order Gold Commander determines the overarching strategy to spontaneous or pre-planned public order/public safety events as a resource to enable an effective policing response and act, where needed, in a mutual aid capacity.

They will be trained and equipped in tactics as outlined within module C1 of the National Police Public Order Training Curriculum (NPPOTC)

Key Accountabilities

• Set, direct, review and update the strategy for public order operations and events based on the threat assessment, available intelligence and consultation with stakeholders, and develops working strategy into formal strategy in response to a spontaneous event.

• Ensures the strategy and where appropriate the public order command protocols for the operation or event are set, agreed and understood by all relevant parties and to ensure they, including any changes to the strategy, are documented, in order to provide a clear audit trail.

• Provide overall responsibility within the command structure for compliance with all relevant legislation to ensure the safe and legal policing of public order events.

• Chair the Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG), or represent the police service if this responsibility is delegated to another service, in order to facilitate a multi-agency response to a public order event or operation.

• Identify, establish and resource the appropriate level of support to respond to or resolve a public order event or operation, and consider whether to consult a public order tactical advisor and/or set tactical parameters.


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:

• To access Gold public order command training the candidate must be of at least Superintendent rank (includes temporary ranks) and trained, occupationally and operationally accredited CBRN Gold Commander, Strategic Firearms Commander or SIO PIP level 3 and above with appropriate support.

• Complete the MLE public order command core themes e-learning module and knowledge check.

• Complete a nationally delivered gold public order commander’s course, including successful completion of the assessed elements (occupational competence).

• Within a 12 month timeframe (within 365 days) from successful completion of the gold course including the assessed elements, complete a portfolio of work to achieve operational competence.

• Within 12 months (within 365 days), they will be required to successfully complete an
assessed events module delivered at a licensed centre.


• Existing commanders who have accredited before the 01.04.18 and have not completed a policing events course must have attended an events module before the 31.03.19. (Further information on this process can be found within: Guidance for Public Order Public Safety Command Roles Accreditation and Re-Accreditation)


• Able to use a range of communication and influencing techniques and methods to successfully negotiate, collaborate and/or effect change.

• Able to identify opportunities for new or improved technologies to enable improved Force performance.

• Able to allocate resources appropriately across the function and utilise commercial acumen to make risk-based decisions that deliver effective outcomes within the available budget.

• Able to create strategic organisational change that reshapes the service or function, to deliver appropriate responses to emerging trends and issues.

• 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 and behaviours.

• Able to hold individuals to account for their performance and behaviours.

• Skilled in setting function, team and individual objectives, assessing progress, identifying emerging risks, issues and opportunities, and taking corrective steps as required to ensure that the right results are achieved.

• Able to plan to medium and long term cycles, to coordinate a complex range of activities, to identify the financial, people and materials resourcing requirements, to identify and act on dependencies with other parts of the Force and to identify and mitigate known risks to delivery.

• Skilled in engaging a diverse range of stakeholders, to build relationships that are based on trust, to work collaboratively to best utilising a diverse range of skill sets and to resolve issues.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

• Evidence ongoing operational competence against the relevant Professional Standards through the command of a minimum of one public order event each year (within 365 days).

• Attend the College of Policing mandatory public order command refresher training C7 event on an annual (within 365 days) basis (delivered locally).

• Keep up to date with changing public order legislation and how this may affect you in your role.

• Keep up to date with public order trends and learning as promulgated through the public order national learning and development group.

Professional Registration/Licenses

• Within a 12 month timeframe (within 365 days) from successful completion of the gold course including the assessed elements, complete a portfolio of work to achieve operational competence.

• Successful demonstration of occupational and operational competence will lead to enrolment on the national public order accreditation register at the College of Policing.

Links to other Profiles

NPoCC Mercury Profile – Public Order Gold Commander 353 v1

NPPOTC Module G3 – Annex D Public Order Gold Commander role profile

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