Mounted Unit Commander

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family Public Order
Code OPS-PO-TL-Mounted Unit Commander v1.1

Role Purpose

Mounted Unit Commanders are deployed to spontaneous or pre-planned public order/public safety events to enable an effective policing response and act, where needed, in a mutual aid capacity.

Key Accountabilities

  • Command and control mounted resources at operations and events to deploy resources appropriately for the conditions.
  • Manage officers within the mounted resource under the gold commander’s strategy, the silver commander’s tactical plan and their bronze commander’s deployment plan.
  • Lead, deploy and control a mounted unit as directed by their geographical or functional bronze commander and coordinate with other Police Support Unit (PSU) commanders and/or specialist resources in support of wider strategic, tactical and deployment plans.
  • Prepare for pre-planned deployments by undertaking reconnaissance to determine surface suitability for the mounted unit and to identify other geographical and environmental constraints on the unit’s activity.
  • Ensure that the mounted unit is sufficiently resourced, equipped, presented and able to carry out the tasks allocated and report any deficiencies to the respective bronze commander.
  • Engage in and contribute to the debriefing process, ensuring that the mounted unit are fully debriefed and provided post-operational support, to ensure information is effectively transmitted and to contribute to organisational learning.


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:

  • Mounted Standard Equitation Course (SEC)
  • National Mounted Commanders Course
  • Experience in working within gold commander’s strategy, silver commander’s tactical plan and bronze commander’s deployment plan



  • Conversant with and able to apply tactics contained within the National framework for mounted public order policing.
  • Able to liaise and communicate with all ranks involved in public order to ensure best service delivery and working in partnership.
  • Strong working knowledge of the National Decision Model (NDM) and utilises this throughout the intelligence, briefing and deployment stages of public order policing.
  • Able to identify risk early, and utilise mounted tactics to minimise or mitigate the risk.
  • Able to lead a team during public order events, ensuring objectives are in line with force values, behaviours and strategic priorities.
  • Coordination of briefing and debriefing to all mounted assets, able to constantly improve processes and decision making through two-way feedback and continual improvement techniques.
  • Able to put mounted assets to best use in any given public order situation.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Undertake an annual mounted public order refresher training package.
  • Perform the role of a mounted commander at a public safety or public order event, at least once per annum.
  • Keep up to date with public order trends, learning and legislation changes through the public order national learning and development group and other forums.
  • Maintain knowledge of crowd dynamics and crowd psychology based on current guidance and best practice.
  • Maintain an up to date understanding of College of Policing guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context.
  • Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to legislation, policy and practice across all functional policing areas of operational policing.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches identified by evidence based policing research and problem solving, test and synthesise these into working practice, championing innovation and changes to 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

  • Mounted Constable
  • Mounted Sergeant
  • Mounted Inspector
  • NPoCC Mercury Profile – Mounted Officer – Public Order 53 v1.
  • NPPOTC Module G3 – Annex 1 Mounted unit commander role profile
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