Job title: Firearms Training Manager PS Grade: Sergeant Role code: EPV050405 Status: Police Home Office code: Operational Limited Duties Category: AA - Full policing & shifts
Main purpose of the role:
Co-ordinate the training and development needs of the force in relation to the police use of firearms and Command Training in support of the 7 Forces Chief Firearms Instructor and Deputy Chief Firearms Instructor. Leading, developing, supervising and deploying Officers as required to deliver inputs and courses through the relevant National Training Curricula and relevant codes of practice.
Maintain and develop close working relationships with internal and external stakeholders across wide domains of command up to and including senior officer ranks (and partner equivalents) to allow for delivery and evaluation of firearms and command training.
Obtain and maintain the qualification of National Firearms Instructor and maintain firearms credibility through undertaking training and refresher courses and undertaking specialist training as required ensuring the credible management and delivery of an efficient and effective firearms training team.
Maintain responsibility for and keep oversight of the ordering and inventory of all weapons and ammunition within the training Armoury, ensuring the security of all such assets at all times.
Co-ordinate the planning and delivery of all courses relevant to the police use of firearms, setting the standards and selecting the shooting disciplines, supervising the Constables and Staff in their tasks including teaching and the administration of their classes and range instruction.
Support the CFI and Deputy CFI in liaison with other Forces and the Home Office over training methods and new legislation covering police use of firearms, in order to maintain consistency within the service.
Ensure that all Firearms Training Unit operational personnel are trained to meet the requirements of the force. Manage staff and the work of the department, driving staff performance in accordance with force and OPC priorities and objectives, providing expert advice and guidance, maintaining an effective staff succession plan, undertaking recruitment selection, designing selection processes, staff appraisals, training, coaching and continued professional development and dealing with issues of welfare, conduct and capability in line with force policy and employment legislation, to ensure high standards of service are provided at all times.
Monitor, report on and develop course structure, with the support of the CFI and DCFI, to ensure the optimum - investment on return- for courses is delivered, encompassing post implementation and periodic review of training, creating plans and making recommendations on how to deliver products that are fit for purpose, identifying risk and advising on and preparing reports with options to ensure the department remains abreast of developments, assisting in the preparation of business cases for training programmes.
Quality assure all aspects of training for the force, through personal observation and dip testing to assure adherence to force standards, providing coaching, feedback, advice and guidance or implementing remedial actions as appropriate, ensuring the consistent application of policy, practice and procedures in compliance with all relevant legislation, national guidance, force policy and associated standards.
Manage the delivery of all relevant command training for the Force liaising with Strategic Leads, senior officers and managers to determine and plan for the long term needs of the Force. This will include planning and agreeing training provision for other Forces, external agencies and organisations as part of income generation activities.
Assess course students in consultation with the occupationally competent lead trainer as appropriate, and assist with quality assurance of assessment procedures (TAQA standard), in order to ensure the competence of students against the requirements of the courses and consistency of fairness in respect of the national assessing standards.
September 2017, updated August 2021.
Officers will operate in uniform from Headquarters.
Officers must be flexible, as there is a regular requirement to work different duties at short notice. There is a need for the post holder to travel countywide and beyond.
The post holder will have previous firearms experience and will be required to attain and maintain operational credibility as a National Firearms Instructor. Firearms Instructors must maintain their operational competence as an AFO and be deployable when requested. Completion of the annual job related fitness test and medical to the relevant role profile is essential.
This post is deemed to be a designated post. Vetting clearance is a pre- requisite of employment in designated posts and the post holder will be subject to management vetting assessment every 7 years. National security vetting clearances are reviewed every 10 years.
As the Command expert for the Force this role requires extensive firearms experience. This experience will have been gained in a role with evidence of professional judgement and sound decision making. This is to maintain the confidence of the senior officers internally and externally.
The post holder will need to demonstrate the ability to provide direction for the development and evaluation of Training, providing leadership and professional expertise to support the development of the team.
Excellent interpersonal / communication skills are essential, both verbally and written as these will be used to influence change with both internal and external stakeholders e.g. College of Policing, National Police Chiefs Council, HMIC, Partnership Organisations and agencies. A high level of professionalism, sound judgement and credibility are required to challenge senior commanders as part of the scrutiny, debriefing, review and learning processes is essential.
The postholder must hold or be capable of successfully passing the National Firearms Instructors Course and confirmation in post will be subject to the successful completion of the course.
The post holder must be organised, mature and confident with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this will be combined with the ability to debrief course attendees, both verbally and in writing, to enable them to develop to their full potential. An attention to detail and high levels of concentration are also essential.
IT literacy is necessary in order to analyse data and produce reports and course materials in a range of different formats, including PowerPoint, Excel and Word.
Analyse Critically (Level 2)
I ensure that the best available evidence from a wide range of sources is taken into account when making decisions. I think about different perspectives and motivations when reviewing information and how this may influence key points. I ask incisive questions to test out facts and assumptions, questioning and challenging the information provided when necessary. I understand when to balance decisive action with due consideration. I recognise patterns, themes and connections between several and diverse sources of information and the best available evidence. I identify when I need to take action on the basis of limited information and think about how to mitigate the risks in doing so. I challenge others to ensure that decisions are made in alignment with our mission, values and the Code of Ethics.
Collaborative (Level 2)
I manage relationships and partnerships for the long term, sharing information and building trust to find the best solutions. I help create joined-up solutions across organisational and geographical boundaries, partner organisations and those the police serve. I understand the local partnership context, helping me to use a range of tailored steps to build support. I work with our partners to decide who is best placed to take the lead on initiatives. I try to anticipate our partners' needs and take action to address these. I do not make assumptions. I check that our partners are getting what they need from the police service. I build commitment from others (including the public) to work together to deliver agreed outcomes.
Deliver, Support and Inspire (Level 2)
I give clear direction and expectations, helping others to understand how their work operates in the wider context. I identify barriers that inhibit performance in my teams and take steps to resolve these, enabling others to perform. I lead the public and / or colleagues, where appropriate, during incidents or through the provision of advice and support. I ensure the efficient use of resources to create the most value and the right impact within my areas. I keep track of changes in the external environment, anticipating both the short and long term potential implications for the Police Service. I motivate and inspire others to achieve their best.
Emotionally Aware (Level 2)
I consider the perspectives of people from a wide range of backgrounds before taking action. I adapt my style and approach according to the needs of the people I am working with, using my own behaviour to achieve the best outcome. I promote a culture that values diversity and encourages challenge. I encourage reflective practice among others and take the time to support others to understand reactions and behaviours. I take responsibility for helping to ensuring the emotional well being of those in my teams. I take the responsibility to deal with any inappropriate behaviours.
Innovative and Open-minded (Level 2)
I explore a number of different sources of information and use a variety of tools when faced with a problem and look for good practice that is not always from policing. I am able to spot opportunities or threats which may influence how I go about my job in the future by using knowledge of trends, new thinking about policing and changing demographics in the population. I am flexible in my approach, changing my plans to make sure that I have the best impact. I encourage others to be creative and take appropriate risks. I share my explorations and understanding of the wider internal and external environment.
Take Ownership (Level 2)
I proactively create a culture of ownership within my areas of work and support others to display personal responsibility. I take responsibility for making improvements to policies, processes and procedures, actively encouraging others to contribute their ideas. I am accountable for the decisions my team make and the activities within our teams. I take personal responsibility for seeing events through to a satisfactory conclusion and for correcting any problems both promptly and openly. I actively encourage and support learning within my teams and colleagues.
I take into account individual needs and requirements in all of my actions. I understand that treating everyone fairly does not mean everyone is treated the same. I always give people an equal opportunity to express their views. I communicate with everyone, making sure the most relevant message is provided to all. I value everyone's views and opinions by actively listening to understand their perspective. I make fair and objective decisions using the best available evidence. I enable everyone to have equal access to services and information, where appropriate.
I always act in line with the values of the police service and the Code of Ethics for the benefit of the public. I demonstrate courage in doing the right thing, even in challenging situations. I enhance the reputation of my organisation and the wider police service through my actions and behaviours. I challenge colleagues whose behaviour, attitude and language falls below the public's and the service's expectations. I am open and responsive to challenge about my actions and words. I declare any conflicts of interest at the earliest opportunity. I am respectful of the authority and influence my position gives me. I use resources effectively and efficiently and not for personal benefit.
Public Service (Accredited)
I act in the interest of the public, first and foremost. I am motivated by serving the public, ensuring that I provide the best service possible at all times. I seek to understand the needs of others to act in their best interests. I adapt to address the needs and concerns of different communities. I tailor my communication to be appropriate and respectful to my audience. I take into consideration how others want to be treated when interacting with them. I treat people respectfully regardless of the circumstances. I share credit with everyone involved in delivering services.
I ensure that my decision-making rationale is clear and considered so that it is easily understood by others. I am clear and comprehensive when communicating with others. I am open and honest about my areas for development and I strive to improve. I give an accurate representation of my actions and records. I recognise the value of feedback and act on it. I give constructive and accurate feedback. I represent the opinions of others accurately and consistently. I am consistent and truthful in my communications. I maintain confidentiality appropriately.
Anti-terrorism (Level 6)
Has extensive knowledge of Security Alert Status Levels, policies, procedures and local contingency plans in relation to the management of potential terrorist incidents. Sets policy in conjunction with senior management in relation to anti-terrorism. Has overall control of procedure and seeks ways in which to enhance the service provided.
Close Protection (Level 6)
Able to exhibit the skills learned from a National Close Protection Course. Omnicompetent in the use of all protection techniques. Able to advise colleagues as regards protection issues. Control -
Gold/Silver/Bronze (Level 4)
Formulate and co-ordinate the police response to a pre-planned or emerging incident, communicating appropriate tactics, monitoring the actions taken and ensuring suitable deployment of resources at the incident scene. Determine the response required to effectively control the incident scene, taking into account the strategy developed by the Gold Commander, if available. Identify and allocate Bronze Commander roles, clearly explaining their areas of responsibility. Delegate tasks to Bronze Commanders in line with their roles, experience, and capabilities. Monitor activities to ensure that tactics are implemented in accordance with instructions. Ensure that all staff involved in the incident act in a way that respects the needs and rights of individuals affected by the incident. Manage resources to ensure that staff and equipment are deployed effectively. Request additional police resources including specialists, as required. Liaise with other agencies, community representatives, emergency services and other Si ver Commanders, as required. Keep the Gold Commander updated, and record all relevant activity and decisions using the appropriate documentation. Participate in the Silver co-ordinating group, as requested. Obtain and review advice from specialist advisers, when appropriate. Facilitate a hot de-brief where appropriate. Ensure that there is a full, structured de-brief following the incident, and that this is recorded accurately.
Firearms (Level 7)
Able to exhibit the skills learned from a National Firearms Instructors Course. Appreciates all aspects of firearms work and is considered appropriate to offer the necessary advice to Silver and/or Gold Commanders and / or is able to train in all aspects of firearms.
Firearms Command (Level 5)
Effectively manages complex firearms operations, both spontaneous and pre- planned, balancing investigative needs, risk and tactical deployment. Is able to work closely with specialist units and command operations involving mutual aid resources. Sets clear tactical parameters in line with Gold strategy and directs resources accordingly. Able to make critical decisions under severe time constraints. Empowered to authorise the deployment of armed officers in critical, time limited circumstances.
First Aid (Level 3)
Can take charge of a situation and render basic life support, if an injury or illness should occur, having satisfactorily completed (BLS) training covering choking, CPR, effective control of bleeding and the recovery position. Demonstrates competence to an approved standard and holds the required certificate. Retention of competence will be subject to basic refresher training and re-assessment every three years.
Health and Safety (Level 4)
Has received Supervisor training and takes responsibility for the safety of directly subordinate staff and visitors. Understands the procedures in place for the safe storage of hazardous substances, fire precautions and evacuation. Resolves hazards or problems identified within roles or work environments. Undertakes skills passport assessments for new and existing staff. Re-assesses passport as and when new equipment/technology is introduced. Completes annual reviews of skills passports, training needs analysis.
Incident / Scene Management and Control (Level 4)
Maintains an overview of the incident. Sets up appropriate and effective cordons. Following assessment of the situation gives estimates for additional personnel requirements and specialist teams. Uses knowledge and assessment of staff capabilities to effectively deploy attending personnel and maintains awareness of the location of all deployed resources. Aware of the need to balance the gathering of evidence with the need to resolve the incident. Aware of Area contingency plans and able to initiate further action.
Information Management and Technology (Level 3)
Knows the range of police information systems available locally to support daily activities, and understands their uses. Can use police information systems to perform routine tasks. May be able to create simple records, and amends data to add information, within requirements of role. Understands data quality issues.
Intelligence Analysis (Level 3)
Understands the principles of Intelligence and the Division / Departments' basic requirements for it. Has received training in, or at least has detailed knowledge of the role the Intelligence Analyst plays in fulfilling this. Can read and understand charts prepared for a case / operation. Is familiar with data and other sources used in creating an Intelligence Product and has a broad understanding of the methodologies used in Intelligence Analysis. Is aware of the correct usage of Intelligence Products in the business process.
Interviewing - General (Level 3)
Demonstrates the ability to conduct effective routine interviews for a variety of purposes. Prepares and plans carefully and is clear about the purpose of the interview. Asks relevant questions and is able to obtain the required information. Regularly reviews personal interview performance. Adapts style to suit the needs of the interview.
Knowledge of Legislation and Policy (Level 5)
Has a thorough understanding of the responsibilities of the police and all other participants in the legal process. Has overall responsibility for advising other officers on the application of all legislation, policy and procedure relevant to the current role. Confident in the application of the complaints procedure and policy, able to initiate an investigation, where this is warranted, and secure relevant evidence.
Management of Police Information (MOPI) (Level 4)
Full compliance with Level 3. Has successfully completed all standard relevant Information Management and Security training package(s). Accurate use of Government Security Classification (GSC). Ensures physical and digital records are stored with appropriate security relevant to the sensitivity of the documents and has working understanding of appropriate National Retention Schedules. Is able to quality assure own records management processes as well as those of any staff for whom they have supervisory responsibility. Is aware of where to seek further support in relation to Records management within force when necessary. If nominated as an Information Asset Assistant is familiar with the NPCC Information Asset Owners Handbook.
Public Order (Level 3)
Confident and experienced in the application of restraint and self defence techniques to lawfully detain persons, with or without personal protective equipment. Able to identify a threat and overcome it by force if necessary. Demonstrates the ability to use training received to adhoc level PSU and able to understand and react to basic commands. Able to use the appropriate response to public order situations. Familiar with the standard phrases of command and is, therefore, able to co-ordinate teamwork and/or operate alongside others.
Risk Management (Level 4)
Able to anticipate risks likely to affect the team's ability to execute their function, in terms of likelihood and impact, and assesses how the challenges facing the wider organisation might affect their team and their objectives. Has an understanding of pathways to alert local managers to flawed or ineffective operational control strategies and provide continuity/recovery options. Has an appreciation that seizing opportunities also generates risks.
Search (Level 3)
Has a basic level of search awareness and/or exhibits the skills gained on a search awareness course. Understands the principals of stop and search and their application. Able to deal with associated paperwork, handling of exhibits and gathering of evidence. Has a good working knowledge of PACE powers and warrants and application of the same.
Staff Safety (Level 4)
Has been trained in the skills and demonstrates the ability to apply elements of the staff safety programme. These are: Communication Skills, Handcuffing Skills, Unarmed Skills, Incapacitant Skills, Baton Skills and Edged Weapons Awareness. Currently authorised to use these techniques, having received initial or refresher training within the last 12 months. Able to apply these . techniques in practical situations minimising the risk of injury to themselves and ensuring their own safety and the safety of colleagues and members of the public.
Training (Level 7)
Able to effectively plan long term, force wide training programmes, balancing available resources and competing priorities. Examines alternatives and produces costed business plans to assist with the delivery of cost effective training throughout the Force. Identifies skills gaps and initiates appropriate training.
National Occupational Standards:
CB3 Conduct intelligence driven briefing, tasking and debriefing.
CC7 Prepare for, monitor and maintain, law enforcement operations.
CD101 Supervise the response to critical incidents.