An Interactive 5-Day Training Course

Response to Suspicious Objects

Safely Managing Risk, Evidence, and Officer Safety

Course Introduction

This Response to Suspicious Objects training programme is an excellent opportunity for emergency response officers and associated roles to enrich their ability to identify how these scenes are responded to and managed. This training programme will include how the scenes are assessed, secured, preserved and examined so that harvesting of forensic opportunities are maximized.

This Oxford Management Centre training programme provides the participant with the opportunity to acquire transferable skills within the field of policing including scene containment, crime scene management, practical aspects of risk management, and managing people.

This course will be delivered by experienced Trainer who will bring a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge to enhance the learning. There is a strong emphasis on employability skills throughout. This interactive training will help you to determine how to define and detect a suspicious object and will explore the ways of managing the risk for a safe outcome.

This Response to Suspicious Objects training programme will highlight:

  • Key roles and responsibilities involved in managing and examining reports of suspicious objects
  • Manage the initial response to a suspicious object report and response considerations
  • HOT Principles
  • Joint Agency Working, JESIP, Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles
  • Principles of Containment and importance of securing, preserving, and incident site
  • Manage risk to ensuring appropriate Health and Safety
  • The possible forensic evidence types available from serious traffic collision scenes
  • Locard’s Principle of Exchange


At the end of this training programme on Response to Suspicious Objects, you will learn to:

  • Understand the principles of effectively responding to reports of suspicious objects
  • Provide the key initial actions to ensure officer and public safety
  • Manage a scene with effective health and safety, evidence gathering and scene preservation
  • Facilitate effective management of the incident through a Command and Control mechanism
  • Work in a Joint Services arena of operation through agreed principles
  • Deal effectively with witnesses, suspects, and the general public
  • How to apply HOT Principles
  • Explain the National Decision-Making Model and how it impacts on Command Decisions

Training Methodology

The training programme delivery is focused to meet the needs and learning styles of the delegates and shall be delivered through a number of methods:

  • Practical exercises and a desk top exercise following a hypothetical incident
  • Discussions
  • Presentations

The course content is emphasized through practical application of the skills.

Organisational Impact

The organization will acquire a thorough understanding of the principles and practices required in effective response to reports of suspicious objects to ensure safe and positive outcomes.

  • Establish standardized procedures of responding to reports of suspicious objects
  • Enhance public trust and confidence in the organization’s ability to manage incident scenes
  • Develop standardized protocols for containment at incident scenes
  • Improve knowledge of staff in managing initial response and develop awareness of risk to ensure officer safety
  • Build in organizational resilience for Major Scene Managers
  • Less days lost through accidental injury to officers
  • Reputational Integrity through enhanced confidence and trust of Government Departments

Personal Impact

Delegates will gain skills in safely managing scenes, co-working with other agencies and considering and processing hypotheses in investigation.

  • Awareness of the critical challenges of initial responding to reports of suspicious objects
  • Identifying resources, experts and other supporting specialists that can maximize effective management of scenes of suspicious objects
  • Understanding the processes and discipline required to successfully contain scenes involving suspicious objects
  • Understanding managing and sequencing the roles and responsibilities for all those engaged in scene examination
  • Development in working in a multi-agency situation with standardized command structure
  • Enhanced knowledge of managing Health and Safety
  • Developing skills in a decision-making process that can be applied to variety of situations

Who Should Attend?

This training course is ideal for Police and Civil Defense First Responders.  It is suitable for junior to middle rank officers who manage response to operational incidents and who manage incident scenes. It would benefit Senior Officers who supervise or mentor junior officers who perform this role.

This is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • First Responders
  • Lieutenants
  • Captains
  • Majors
  • Lieutenant Colonels
  • Colonels

Course Outline


Defining a Suspicious Object and Principles of Response 

  • Definition of Suspicious Object
  • Introduction to Desktop exercise
  • HOT Principles
  • Deployment priorities and considerations
  • Response Principles


Deployment, Containment and Scene Management

  • Approach to Incident scene considerations
  • Information gathering and harvesting
  • Containment Specific for Suspicious
  • Containment and exercise
  • Major Suspicious Object Incident
  • Scene Management


Decision Making Model, Managing Risks and Command and Control

  • Sketches and Scene Recording considerations
  • Command and Control
  • Safe Scene considerations
  • Managing Risks
  • NDMM National Decision-Making Model


Principles of Multi Agency Working and Initial Investigations

  • Multi agency working and JESIP Principles (Joint Emergency Interoperability Principles)
  • Golden Hour of Investigation and Lines of Enquiry
  • Effective Management of Investigation Process at Scene
  • Locard’s Principle of Exchange
  • Idealized Decision-making Model


Management of Witnesses and Suspects

  • Witness Management
  • Hypotheses
  • Witness Management
  • Suspect Management


Oxford Management Centre Certificate will be provided to delegates who successfully completed the training course.




All Training Courses delivered by Oxford Management by default are eligible for CPE Credit.

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21-25 Aug 2023
Fee: $5,950
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25-29 Dec 2023
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