Police’s response capability is being boosted with the rollout of more equipment and tactical training to frontline staff.
In September 2016, after staff feedback, the Police Executive approved changes to Police’s responder model, enabling more staff to be trained in the full suite of tactical options, including
Taser and firearms.
The move to the new responder model means more staff will be better able to respond to the range of situations they are likely to face.
To deliver the new model, Police launched the Tactical Environment Safety Programme (TESP) to ensure staff were appropriately trained, equipped and supported to perform their jobs more effectively.
“Under TESP we have been busy distributing more equipment to staff in districts, with staff receiving more tactical training than ever before to meet the requirements of the new responder model,” says Inspector Mike McIlraith, who is overseeing the rollout.
“Alongside the training, the equipment rollout includes the distribution of more M4 rifles, Glock pistols, Tasers and Hard Armour Protection (HAP) to primary response staff, as well as the fit-out of more Police vehicles and stations to support the safe storage of the new equipment.
“This is progressing well and is on track to be completed by the end of June this year.”