Biography

Roger GommAs a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Roger has acquired unparalleled experience of operating in a variety of situations.  He has significant security experience, a detailed understanding of contemporary threats, a comprehensive working knowledge of strategic risk assessment and management, with a strong pedigree of delivering complex projects.  In 2003, he led a review of the New York City counter terrorism operations and made recommendations to improve tactics and highlighted comparisons with UK operations 

Roger was a leading Public Order Commander with over 14 years of experience operating at strategic/gold, tactical/silver and operational/bronze at many planned and spontaneous policing events.  For example:  

Strategic/Gold Commander:

  • 2007, a high-risk demonstration in central London against the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. He made a key decision not to make arrests at the event to avoid disorder which was challenged in the media, Houses of Parliament and at Crown Court.
  • 2009, Arms Fair (DSEi) at the Excel Centre which attracted significant protest
  • 2010, student protest in central London which turned violent when the numbers exceeded expectations, with an estimated 50,000 turning out to vent their anger at government plans to raise tuition fees, protesters who broke off from the main route of the march occupied the lobby of the building at 30 Millbank.
  • 2002-2010, London Marathon, he worked with the event organisers and other agencies to reduce the policing costs in line with their primary functions whilst maintaining capability to respond to threats.
  • 2007-12, numerous sporting events at Wembley Stadium.

Tactical/Silver Commander:

  • On 7th July 2005, he used his in-depth knowledge of major incident procedures, made key decisions and developed a plan to respond to the scenes and secure London during the suicide terrorist attacks, which enabled the successful multi-agency response that was heralded by the service and media.
  • 2007 he led the multi-agency planning to deliver the Tour de France events; Grand Depart, Time Trail and Stage 1 from London to Canterbury. To reassure all stakeholders, he led a security review of the event after two large car bombs being deployed in central London five days before the event was due to start. 
  • 2005 and 2010 he developed and implemented operational security plans for the UK General Elections for all London boroughs to ensure a consistent approach to security for key locations, party headquarters and candidates
  • 2008 he planned, coordinated and managed the policing operation around the visit of US President George Bush. His visit was met by thousands of anti-war protesters in central London who planned to march to Downing Street, but he took the decision close Whitehall and used resources to ensure the security was not breached. There was some disorder in Parliament Square and several arrests were made.
  • 2003-2011, developed and coordinated the extensive policing plan for New Year’s Eve ‘celebrations ‘in central London. 

Operational/Bronze Commander: many operational events, including Royal Wedding 2011, marches, protests, sporting and ceremonial events and led the UK Casualty Bureau team in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attack

As a leading practitioner he assisted the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in the development of national policy and guidance in the following fields: Command and Control; Emergency Procedures; Public Order (Keeping the Peace); Counter Terrorism Command; and Firearms. He has also been involved in several European public order policing projects in Holland, Sweden, Germany, Moldova, and France.

He has delivered leadership training at the Police Staff College which improved the management of crises and major incidents. He also shaped and delivered a training programme to develop and prepare MPS staff to command and manage major events in London, including the 2012 London Olympics.

He has also provided briefings and delivered training to businesses and agencies in the UK and abroad to develop understanding of the emergency services structure, processes and priorities when responding to events or emergencies. This has included command and control doctrine, commonly recognised as Gold, Silver and Bronze, used by the emergency services and other agencies.

He was the Chair of the Command & Control Working Group, London Local Resilience Forum (LLRF) from 2002 to 2012. In this role he led the strategic partnership and planning that initiated a London-wide regional protocol for the command and control arrangements used in the event of a major pan-London incident by the emergency services, local authorities and other key agencies. Most recently he has been working on command and control issues for the 2012 London Olympics. As part of this work he participated, led and reviewed several multi-agency exercises designed to test the plans and updated them with any lessons identified.

Roger Gomm

In 2006, he assisted in the design of the new MPS Special Operations Room command and control facility, ensuring it was able to provide a focused service for major events. Part of this role was managing the change parameters to ensure a smooth transition to the new working environment and delivering training for the police commanders and support staff. This was achieved within strict financial constraints. Recently he used his knowledge of event management and the technology needs to advise on the IT requirements for the MPS Command and Control Futures Project, as senior user for the Special Operations Room.

In 2009, he advised the Lebanese authorities, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on joint security planning for the national election held on one single day for the first time.

More recently he initiated the response to and later reviewed the London Riots of August 2011 to identify learning.

As evidence of his track record of success, he has received the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) for Distinguished Service, two Commissioner’s Commendations for leadership, four Assistant Commissioners Commendations for strategic and tactical leadership of high profile events, a Chief Constable’s Commendation for delivering national leadership training, along with a Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He holds the following awards:

  • Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (FICPEM)

  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)

  • Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInst LM)

  • Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyL)

  • Associate of the Institute for Learning (AIfL), with a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) and has Qualified Teacher Learning and Skill status (QTLS).