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Roger Gomm

Roger GommRoger Gomm QPM, Advisor, Trainer, Consultant, Associate Lecturer, Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, UK.

Roger retired from the Metropolitan Police Service having successfully completed a 34-year career in 2012. He has a unique background in operational command, having been pivotal in all major events in London for over 14 years.

He led the Casualty Bureau team in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attack, negotiated two-way flow of information on UK casualties enabling the UK Government to support bereaved families. In July 2005, he managed the police response to the London bombings of ‘7/7’, where he used his in-depth knowledge to excellent effect.

More recently he initiated the initial response to and later reviewed the London Riots of August 2011 to identify learning. His professional and personal commitment was recognised by Her Majesty in 2007 when he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished Service.

He is working as an Advisor, Trainer or Consultant and his portfolio includes;

- Associate Lecturer, Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College; delivering multi-agency strategic (Gold) and tactical (Silver) emergency and crisis management training to public and private sector as part of the Civil Protection Faculty.
- Associate Tutor, College of Policing; deliver Leadership, Management and Operational Command training
- Visiting Lecturer at Portsmouth, Christ Church and Huddersfield Universities; delivering practical workshop on integrated emergency management.
- Head of Training and Development, Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (ICPEM).
- Advisor to GLA / London Resilience Team as part of the Academic and Operational Reference Group.

Articles from this author...

IPCC Report on climate
Assessing the current al-Qaeda threat
Nerve agent released in the UK
Disrupting the path of least resistance
Organisational resilience
Ensuring preparedness
The risk landscape for 2017
The widening scope of security risk
Annual report on UK counter-terrorism strategy
Terrorism: The threat picture
How keeping records helps in legal cases
A continued and evolving threat
Commander accountability
Record-keeping under scrutiny
Preparing for the unthinkable
The enduring threat of terrorism
A hat-trick of terror attacks
Public order policing

Blogs from this author...

Planning for post-event lesson learning
Cybercrime prevention for Internet service providers
Why the terrorist threat level is still 'Severe'
Thoughts on recent terrorist attacks
Defend, deter and develop: UK's national cyber security strategy
Cold weather planning
Defining 'extremism' within the context of human rights
A review of the San Bernadino public safety response to 2015 terrorist shooting incident

In 2020, the risk of a pandemic became reality and governments, businesses, and societies are now seeking to respond and plan the recovery from Covid-19
The Covid-19 crisis is not an unprecedented or unpredictable event. Roger Gomm considers the difficult tasks ahead for crisis managers and asks: What lessons should be learned and what strategies can we use to move forward?
It is being widely reported that we were warned about the threat of a global pandemic. Yet on most fronts, we were still arguably behind the curve and caught unprepared. We will need to understand why this was the case, and what we need to do to prepare f
Roger Gomm comments on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new report, Cybercrime Prevention principles for internet service providers, published this January.
The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is Severe and has not been below this level since August 2014. Roger Gomm asks: Is it still justified? The threat level for the UK from international terrorism is set by the Joint Terrorism A
Roger Gomm of our Editorial Advisory Panel, says the terrorist incident in Manchester - as well as attacks in other parts of the world - remind us that the threat is complex and evolving continually.
The UK Government has published the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021, which sets out the government's plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace. The new strategy is built on three core pillars: defend, deter and develop, writes
Public Health England has recently published a Cold Weather Plan, giving advice to help prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather in England, writes Roger Gomm.
A critical incident review titled Bringing calm to chaos, looks at the San Bernardino public safety response to the 2015 terrorist shooting incident at the Inland Regional Centre, reports Roger Gomm for CRJ.
The National Flood Resilience Review was established in January 2016 to assess how the UK can be better protected from future flooding and extreme weather events such as during December 2015, reports Roger Gomm for CRJ.
The UK Government has released the statistics on the police use of firearms in England and Wales, reports Roger Gomm
The Institute for Environmental and Human Security, part of United Nations University published its annual World Risk Report on August 25, 2016. The report focuses on the consequences of possible extreme natural events in 171 countries, reports Roger Gomm
This new edition of the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT), which Europol has produced on an annual basis since 2006, provides an overview of the failed, foiled and completed terrorist attacks that took place in the EU during 2015, and of ar
Editorial Advisory Panel Member and Security Correspondent Roger Gomm reports on how the Cabinet office has revised its definition of what constitutes a Major Incident, amid ongoing concern over the diversity and inconsistency of terms used by different r
The UK Government has published a number of documents that provide guidance about the Investigatory Powers Bill. These will be of particular interest to those with an interest in counter terrorism matters, writes Roger Gomm.
The International Police Association (IPA) Forum for Global Anti-Terrorism was held in Macau, China recently. The IPA is a worldwide, growing and outward looking organisation for police officers and staff, both serving and retired. It is an NGO in Consult
Communities have a role to play in keeping where they live safe by reporting suspicious activity, says Roger Gomm
Set against the background of high security alerts across Europe and the recent lockdown in Brussels, Belgium, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) in the UK has been hosting a National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2015 from Novembe
Ebola is not defeated in West Africa but appears to be off the radar for the mainstream news media, writes Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm. Although the peak of the outbreak has passed, transmission continues in several areas in Guinea and Sier
Final day of the course starts with a students structured debrief, identification of key learning and what it all means in the future.
Day eight of the course comprises a review, or debrief, of the strategic command exercise, says Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm.
After the last few days of frenetic activity on the exercise, today we are back in the classroom to discuss the 'threat from terrorism', says Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm.
Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm says that on day two of the strategic command exercise, we held a short period of reflection on the exercise process, challenges faced so far and learning in the command roles.
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm's weekend report from Rwanda, where he is delivering a two-week 'Policing Operations' module to the SE and Central African Police Strategic Command Course at the National Police College, with his colleague Huw Go
Today is the start of the three-day strategic command exercise, a key part of the course. It is a paper feed process based on the operation the students planned last Friday in class.
Roger Gomm outlines how the Strategic Command Course students have prepared for next week’s three-day exercise, which is the keynote of their course; an opportunity to test all the elements of command.
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm says that students focused on how Gold, Silver and Bronze come together to form the command structure for incidents and events, and describes how he has been avoiding Muzungu traps.
Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm says that students were given the opportunity to put the past three days’ learning into practice with the first serious exercise of the course.
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm describes how the second day of the course involved looking at the role and requirements of the Gold/Strategic Commander.
Editorial Advisory Panel Member Roger Gomm is in Musanze, Rwanda, to deliver a two-week 'Policing Operations' module to the SE and Central African Police Strategic Command Course at the National Police College, for the third year. This year’s course has s
As you will know, the current UK threat level from international terrorism for the UK is assessed as SEVERE, writes Roger Gomm SEVERE means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.
Roger retired in from the Metropolitan Police Service after a successful 34-year career in 2012. He has a unique background in operational command, having been pivotal in all major events in London for over 14 years. He led the Casualty Bureau team in New
Roger Gomm, Fellow of the ICPEM, who is writing an article on public order policing for the next issue of CRJ (published September), shares his thoughts on recent events in Turkey, after analysing the issues in an interview for the BBC.
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