NATIONAL ARMED POLICING PORTFOLIO
Simon Chesterman QPM
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10th August 2020
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Dear Force Firearms Lead,
I write to provide a brief update in respect of the proposal for the national CTSFO network to
provide a non-CT dynamic search (DS) capability on behalf of all forces in England and Wales
As you will be aware the potential for the CTSFO network to provide this capability on behalf of
all forces has been under consideration for some time, most recently through the now
concluded Specialist Capabilities Programme (SCP).
Since the conclusion of the SCP at the end of March 2020, these proposals have been
accelerated and further detail has been developed, particularly in respect of the tasking and
coordinating, command and control and charging models that would apply. Consequently the
NPCC Counter Terrorism Coordinating Committee (CTCC), which includes the chiefs of all
regions CT lead forces, agreed to the introduction of this service by the CTSFO network in June
2020, subject to ratification at Chiefs Council. The proposal was submitted to Chiefs Council in
July 2020. I have attached the paper which went to CTCC and Chiefs Council, together with a
covering letter (dated 9th July) to all Chiefs from myself and AC Neil Basu.
Following discussions at Chiefs Council in July it was agreed that it would be brought back for
final ratification at the next Council meeting in October 2020, allowing chiefs more time to
consider the offer. I therefore thought it would be helpful to write to you as the chief officer leads
for armed policing, so that you can support your chief in their considerations ahead of Council in
I would now encourage you and your teams to study the detail of the proposal contained within
the attached paper. It is important to note that once ratified, this will be an offer to forces. Clearly
there can be no mandate to a force that they must relinquish any existent capability. However in
considering the offer, you should take into consideration the requirements identified through
your Armed Policing Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment (APSTRA) and how you best
discharge your responsibilities in protecting the public, ensuring the most capable and best
equipped resources are available to mitigate risks and are compliant with the principles of best
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It is important to note that the attached documentation proposed a ‘go live’ date of 1st
September 2020. However I have made the decision to defer the ‘go live’ date until after the
final ratification by Chiefs Council. I will therefore write to you again with a new date for
implementation in due course. At that stage I will be seeking an indication from you as to the
likelihood your force will wish to take up the offer.
In the interim if you have any questions or require further detail, please contact Mr Richard
Thomas, the Head of Specialist and Counter Terrorism Armed Policing Capabilities at S31 Law
I have copied this letter to your force operational lead for armed policing.
Simon Chesterman QPM
NPCC National Armed Policing Portfolio Lead