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Examining the planning required for major sporting, ceremonial and public order events, with an emphasis on the importance of the relationship between strategy, tactics, briefing and subsequent actions on the ground

  • Bob Broadhurst OBE, QPM, FICPEM and Brian Pearce MBE

Aims and Objectives of the workshop

  • Aim – at the end of the workshop, delegates will understand the critical relationship between strategy, tactics, briefings and deployments and the need for accurate recording of decisions.
  • Objectives – at the end of the workshop, delegates will ;
    • have written draft strategies and compared them with those from recent major events;
    • discussed and analysed tactical plans and explored how they are driven by the strategy;
    • discussed a variety of briefing techniques and explored how they relate to the tactical plan and the strategy;
    • examined a number of events that have led to legal proceedings and discussed how the actions were perceived by others;
    • written key decisions in a log and discussed the implications for post-event reviews.

Description of workshop:

Using material from the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and comparing it with those from other controversial events such as G20, Beijing Torch 2008 and the student protests of 2010/11, the workshop will allow delegates to prepare their own strategies and compare them with real events. They will then turn their attention to developing tactical plans and in particular how they are driven, and influenced by, the strategy.

Using a variety of different methods, this interactive workshop will allow delegates to compare their thoughts and approach with those of the tutors who have experience of many events that, although successful, have resulted in judicial proceedings. In the safety of the classroom, delegates will be able to draw on those experiences and learn skills and techniques to ensure they can successfully defend their decisions and actions.

What will students gain from attending?

The workshop is aimed primarily at those staff from any organisation who perform command roles at major events, but will also be of use to others such as planners, tactical advisers, resource staff and staff officers. Whatever role they perform, all delegates will gain an insight to the many pitfalls involved I event planning and the necessary steps required to keep out of trouble.

As a participant they will gain confidence by drawing up their own examples and comparing it with real strategies and tactical plans. They will also be able to draw on the work of two of the most experienced public order commanders of recent years who have planned and commanded events such as the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tour de France, Beijing Torch, student protests, 2011 riots and many ceremonial and other events.

The workshop will be interactive, using a variety of techniques to keep the delegates engaged and to maximise their learning opportunities.

The authorities in Brazil are currently struggling to convince FIFA that they can run a successful World Cup which is only months away and have received very poor reviews from the IOC regarding their preparation for the 2016 Olympics. Turkey lost an Olympic bid by their excessive use of force in Tacsin Square. At home, the Commonwealth Games will soon come under the spotlight and any beach of security will be headline news. Major events are never far from the public eye, and the ability of commanders to effectively plan and command them will come under intense scrutiny.

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