Debrief Facilitator

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family Specialists Operations
Code OPS-SPOP-SD-Debrief Facilitator v1.0

Role Purpose

  • Debrief facilitators are responsible for the facilitation of local and Level 1 debriefs, and where necessary support the facilitation of Level 2 and Level 3 debriefs.

Key Accountabilities

  • Facilitate local and Level 1 debriefs and produce reports outlining key recommendations in order to identify good practice and areas for improvement and to contribute to organisational memory.
  • Develop clear policies for the retention and storage of information to enable timely retrieval procedures in response to requests for debrief materials.
  • Assist partner agencies and event organisers in the facilitation of multi-agency debriefs in support of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP).
  • Provide briefing and debriefing for planned policing operations to ensure Joint Operational Learning (JOL) is captured.
  • Identify where Level 2 and Level 3 debriefs are required in order to request appropriate support from the National Policing Coordination Centre (NPoCC) and/or the College of Policing.
  • Evaluate welfare considerations when facilitating debriefs, for example Trauma Risk Incident Management (TRiM) and Post Incident Management (PIM), in order to identify when further referral or support may be required.
  • Act in adherence to all legal frameworks, key working principles, policies and guidance relevant to the role.


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 have attended the College of Policing structured debrief course.
  • Has undertaken a minimum of 1 structured debrief in the past 12 months.
  • Has managed the administration of a structured debrief including meeting with the initiator and agreeing terms of reference in line with the National De-brief guidelines.
  • To be a serving police officer or police staff member.
  • Completion of the College of Policing National Structured De-brief Course.


  • Able to communicate clearly, adapting language, form and message to ensure understanding.
  • Able to appropriately prioritise and plan own work and use resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Able to identify cause and effect and develop a course of action designed to target root causes.
  • Able to identify potential opportunities to enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness within own area of work.
  • Good team working skills demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support as required.
  • Able to proactively develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Personal responsibility for CPD.
  • Research and refresh own subject matter expertise.
  • Maintain currency of College of Policing Guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context and leading and managing teams.
  • Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to legislation policy and practice across all functional policing areas of operational responsibility.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches identified by evidence based policing research and problem solving and team working and synthesise these into working practice.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of new and evolving crime threats and priorities; and current best practice to tackle these in order to enable a pro-active and preventative approach.
  • Complete all annual and mandatory training including for example, fitness tests, personal safety training, first aid, and protecting information.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not applicable.

Links to other Profiles

NPoCC Mercury Profile – National De-briefer 504 v1

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