Operations Integrated Emergency Management is responsible for ensuring West Midlands Police (WMP) is able to respond effectively to the threats that face our organisation and the communities of the West Midlands.
This is achieved through working closely with our partner agencies to establish plans as a response to identified risks. To ensure WMP is able to provide an effective response, our team is also responsible for ensuring the force has both the capability and the capacity in terms of trained officers and staff to react to major incidents.
WMP has a variety of plans in place, such as incident response, contingency and business continuity plans. These plans ensure WMP can respond to a range of major incidents.
The plans are kept up to date and ready for use, which includes having officers trained to fulfill their roles and responsibilities, running exercises and events to check plans are fit for purpose and testing systems and system components to ensure they will work in the scenarios.
Events are carried out as part of WMP’s testing and exercising programme, which delivers a series of tests and exercises each year in a variety of formats including:
As a ‘blue light’ emergency service, WMP has a duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to have up-to-date business continuity plans in place, to ensure ‘business as usual’ can be maintained in the event of any disruption to our service.
The Act requires us to:
Emergency planning is a statutory duty for WMP as a ‘blue light’ emergency responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004). In order to comply with the Act, WMP has a designated Emergency Planning team.
Emergency planning involves creating plans to address a wide range of incidents which could impact on the West Midlands force area.
To do this we need to: anticipate what might happen, assess the potential impact it could have if it does happen, carry out actions to prevent the incident happening, carry out actions to be prepared if the incident does happen, ensure the incident response is planned and ensure that any required recovery arrangements are made / considered and documented.