Incident Command Scribe Course

Course Description

The Peterborough Police Service will be hosting a four day Incident Command Scribe Course designed for operational scribes, both sworn and civilian, to support police leaders who are required to assume command of police operations in major incidents. The course will focus on instruction for members assigned to an operational support role in record keeping for the Incident Commander. An IC scribe requires necessary knowledge and judgement essential to assist the Incident Commander and record the information during major incidents like a search for vulnerable missing people, public order events, high risk events like barricaded individuals and major events like disasters (IMS) that require an IC.

CCII’s Incident Command Scribe Course will provide education and training in importance of the scribe / recorder function in a major incident and introduce methods and best practices to develop record keeping skills. Scribes will follow the same accredited Major Incident Command curriculum instruction on incident response appropriate for low frequency / high risk, high stress environments where critical decision making is conducted with information and time limitations. This course will also allow the IC Scribe to gain an understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of the Command Triangle, Critical Incident Commander, Crisis Negotiating Team, Tactical Team, Command Post, and Scene Manager in order to understand their own critical roles and responsibilities and become part of the communal team effort and effective resolution of critical incidents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand & record the Commander’s decision making for the effective execution of an action plan       

  • Understand the need to record and maintain current records of resource deployment for the effective command and control of the event

  • Assist with documentation of the effectiveness of scene management against established decision making framework, documenting revisions, and recording and following up on actionable items as required

  • Understand the roles, responsibilities and procedures of all members relating to a call for service relating to a hostage, barricaded or suicidal person

  • Understand how the IC will plan, direct and command operations in critical incidents

  • Understand how the IC will assess the need for resources and document all orders Assist in establishing an effective command post and demonstrate effective critical decision making skills / Record assist with dissemination of operational plans

  • Understand Major Incident Command procedures for all responding personnel including the Crisis Negotiating Team, Tactical Team, Command Post, S.M.E.A.C., Scene Management, resources and terminology

  • Understand the theory of NRA (Necessary / Risk Effective  / Acceptable) decision making during  critical incidents and what ICEN and CLEAR reaction strategies mean

  • Understand concepts and techniques of crisis negotiations, subject assessment, suicide intervention and communicating with subjects in a hostage / barricade situation      Explain the roles and the responsibilities of a scribe within emergency management (IMS) Manage the physical requirements of a command post whether formal or ad hoc including managing and updating command boards

  • Recognize and record pertinent information using a standardized process (Scribe Log provided)

  • Generate scribe logs while applying best practices for record keeping

  • Understand How, When and Why to Make Notes Be able to apply their organization’s record policies and Ontario Privacy and Confidentiality legislation to record keeping and understand document retention

  • Understand how and when to use Master Event Logs vs. Personal Event Logs (IMS)

  • Review After Action Reports and the importance of scribe documentation

  • Learn what to expect during an investigation, Inquiry, Inquest or Discovery

  • Be able to compete efficient and standardized notes on a professional and credible manner

  • Organize documentation and assist the Incident Commander   

Date: 28 Sept - 01 October 2020
Contact Person:

S/Sgt Dan MacLean


Office: 705-876-1122 ext:269


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