Policy Details

Ownership of Event Planning within Northumbria Police

Dated: 09 Apr 2015

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POLICY TITLE: Ownership of Event Planning within Northumbria Police

AUTHOR: Superintendent, Force Resilience Unit

CONTACT DETAILS: 101 Ext. 69977

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete


AIM OF POLICY: The aim of this policy is to provide a consistent approach to event planning throughout the Force, ensuring that events which require police involvement are policed with due regard to the requirements of current legislation/guidance and the safety of those who take part in, or may be affected by the event.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: Events will be planned in a consistent way to ensure safety.

REASON FOR POLICY: To ensure events are planned to the correct safety standards by competent persons. This policy acknowledges the positive duty to protect life incorporated in Article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998. The rights conferred by Articles 9, 10 and 11 of the Convention - of freedom to manifest individual beliefs, freedom of expression and of assembly are also acknowledged.


Ensuring events are planned to the correct safety standards by competent persons acknowledges the positive duty to protect life incorporated in Article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998.
The rights conferred by Articles 9, 10 and 11 of the Convention - of freedom to manifest individual beliefs, freedom of expression and of assembly are also acknowledged. Northumbria Police will act in a manner which affords enjoyment of these rights without discrimination on any grounds. It is the intention that these rights will be respected and balanced in a way which ensures that all events are planned and managed with safety as a priority.

These rights will only be impinged upon where there is lawful authority and it is necessary in the interests of public safety, the protection of health, to protect the rights and freedoms of others, or to prevent disorder or crime. This will only be done to an extent which is proportional in the circumstances and which is the least intrusive action, which will achieve the stated aim.

Determining Responsibility for Event Planning

All known events will be notified to the Force Resilience Unit (FRU), who will evaluate and determine police response to an event.

Event notifications are classifed as follows by the FRU Events and Operations section:


Category A Event - Area command lead
Category B Event - Area command lead with FRU Events and Operations support or
Category C Event - FRU Events and Operations lead to provide a force response.
Unclassified - those events that do not require any police action.

If the classification of an event is not clear then the SMT’s of the FRU and relevant area commands will discuss and agree on a suitable determination.
There is a separate policy for classification and planning of policing for football matches held within the force area.


SOURCE DOCUMENT: None

GROUPS AFFECTED: All Police officers and Police Staff

ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None


This instruction is designed to avoid discrimination and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and its underlying principles.

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