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Training the Scottish Police in Crowd Management for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Training the Scottish Police in Crowd Management for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Introduction

Having worked with the police all over the world for the past twenty years we were flattered to be asked by the Scottish Police College to train the Gold, Silver and Bronze Commanders in crowded space management for the 2014 Commonwealth games.

Project Brief

To create a programme to enable an understanding not necessarily for officers to use in practice but for them to have an all round understanding of why crowded space theory was used, how it was applied and the questions to be asked at venues leading up to and throughout the Commonwealth Games

Issues

The main issue in any course of this nature is to make sure that it is general enough for all of those taking part to use in the various aspects that they were involved in. A second issue was to ensure that the course was scenario based so that officers could engage with the theory and apply it in situ.

Outcomes

Although modified every time the course was run it did the trick. On visiting the games I interviewed a range of officers who had been on the programme in order to get their views of its impact. They confirmed that they had observed many of the behaviours identified and examined on the programme and that the scientific evidence presented had provided them with the confidence to apply their new knowledge effectively in challenging situations.