Why couldn’t the TCC have said something like this:
“I would like to read an official statement; thereafter I will be happy to take any questions, at which point I will try to answer any issues raised. At 7pm yesterday police discovered Raoul Moat near the riverbank in the Rothbury area. At this time he was armed.
Negotiators attempted for several hours to speak with him in order to bring Raoul Moat into safe custody. However, this was not possible. Raoul Moat appeared anxious and disturbed throughout our negotitations with him. At 1.15am Moat took his own life. During the last moments officers discharged taser; no other firearm was used by the police. A short time later, at hospital, Raoul Moat, was pronounced dead. The death of Raoul Moat has now been referred to the IPCC.
Since the tragic incidents where Raoul shot his ex girlfriend, shot and murdered her current partner, and shot and injured one of my patrol officers, Northumbria police has been pushed to the limit of service delivery. Raoul Moat has left a mark on the history of Northumbria and the Rothbury area. However throughout this tragedy our priority has been to protect the public and deliver our normal services.
These incidents have tested the resilience of British policing to cope with an incident of this nature and magnitude. There are many debates that will no doubt follow. I remain grateful to the officers and staff on the front line, from all the Forces involved, who have assisted Northumbria police. Finally our thoughts are with the families and friends of Moat’s victims and in this respect I would urge that the press requests some privacy. Thank you, I will take any questions now.”
(1) This isn’t an OSPRE scenario TCC.
(2) You don’t need a cue card.
(3) You can hold eye contact with the press.
(4) Hair should be neat and tied back.
(5) Please ditch the words, “It would appear,” of course it appears….
(6) Please ditch the words, “From the information available,” of course you are speaking from the information you have! Nuff said about Bramshill leadership courses.