Analyzing Multiagency Activities in the U.K.

Sidebar to the article Interagency Coordination: Lessons Learned From the 2005 London Train Bombings by Kevin J. Strom, Ph.D., and Joe Eyerman, Ph.D.

by Peter Simpson

To analyze gaps in multiagency coordination, agencies in the U.K. are using an approach that maps actual and desired responses to a range of threats across agencies. This approach — which has been used for the 2004 Olympics, security for the Caribbean Community and U.K. terrorism response planning activities — provides a broad framework for risk assessment that can help inform future response efforts.

Each agency's response strategies are captured and recorded — or mapped — simultaneously. The subsequent "map" provides data that can be used to develop agreed-upon policies and procedures, such as triggers for mutual aid and areas of "tolerable" risk. Agencies can identify roles and best practices and develop performance benchmarks. Perhaps most significant, agencies can also collectively identify gaps or redundancies in activities, which they can then address.

The process provides a high-level analysis and evaluation of multiagency response systems across civilian and military, local and national levels.

About the Author

Peter Simpson spent 30 years as a senior officer in the London Fire Brigade, his last three years seconded to the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command. He is a visiting fellow of Cranfield University's Defence College of Management and Technology and the U.K.'s leading expert in multiagency activity analysis. Simpson was an active participant in RTI International's London project discussed in the main article. Back to the top.

Date Created: October 27, 2008