Sieges inevitably attract national and international media coverage, particularly if the incident occurs in a high profile location. A siege, if protracted, can also have considerable financial implications to the business of an area. The resulting ballistic exclusion zone, necessarily imposed to maintain public safety, is likely to severely restrict the running of day-to-day public life.

Course rationale

The first response to a siege is considered to be of critical importance in minimising its impact, containing the threat and establishing the ‘battle rhythm’. The short, 5-day course aims to analyse that response, examine the command responsibilities, and evaluate all the response options available to the command, in order to resolve the incident with the minimum of risk to the public and minimum disruption to the business in the area.

The distance-learning units aim to broadly examine and analyse the response to siege, the interaction and conflicting needs of specialist units, the influence imposed on the event command and intended outcome through political, media and community pressures. The course will examine the theoretical perspectives that underpin the practical strategy and responses.

Course details

5 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Key Benefits

By the end of the units the student should have an understanding of

  • How the multi-agency planning requirements at the scene of a siege are defined
  • The limitations of the spontaneous first responders at the scene of a siege
  • How the tactical responses from all disciplines, available to the command to manage and resolve a siege, can be evaluated
  • The effectiveness of the response, and the implications of the response on the localised and international community, and the impact of media.
  • Whether the strategies and operational responses to high risk situations (e.g. active shooter, high risk arrests, entry and search of premises) have the capacity of precipitating a siege situation