The Hydra system was first developed to support the strategic management of investigation, particularly murder investigation after the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. 

    • Investigation

DOCIT - Duty Officers Critical Incident Training

Aim: To provide delegates with the opportunity to develop skills and understanding in the management of critical incidents.

This is a one day exercise delivered as part of Inspectors Promotion Training or as a standalone for those promoted some while ago. It examines the police definition of a critical incident and its application to a set of incidents and issues, and focuses on themes such as, command structure, leadership, community involvement and partnership strategies.



CBRNE - Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive Silver Commanders Exercise

Aim: To allow all relevant agencies and partners to experience, discuss and understand issues relating to a chemical incident occurring in London within CBRNe parameters. 

This is a one day exercise dealing with the response from multi-agency Silver Commanders to a CBRN incident. The attendees will experience managing multiple conflicting events involving risk to staff, the public and the environment. They will explore the relationships between Gold, Silver and Bronze within their own and other relevant agencies; attempt to minimise the impact of the event on day to day business; respond to the nine key tasks of CBRNe response contained within the relevant guidance documents. They will examine the effects of such an incident on critical infrastructures and the continuity management arrangements for each agency.


MACIE - Multi-Agency Child Investigation Exercise

Aim: To enrich and develop the critical decision making skills of operational managers as individuals and, in collaboration, integrate new guidance for joint training with partner agencies. 

This is a two day immersive exercise designed to bring together professionals from Social Care, Education, Police and Health Care at senior manager level, in line with the recommendations form the Laming and Bichard inquiries. These managers are supported in the exercise environment by subject matter experts and senior practitioners from areas such as paediatrics, safeguarding children organisations, the crown prosecution service and forensic services. The delegates will grow their understanding that the protection of children is a shared responsibility between agencies and professionals, and recognise that staff in all agencies need to be supported by strong leadership and decision making underpinned by full and unambiguous rationale. They will debate the role, language and behaviours of the various agencies with a view to developing a 'common language' and a consistency of best practice, and will examine how to increase the confidence of staff and managers to challenge partner professionals appropriately.


Gold - Anti-Corruption Command Lead Exercise

Aim: To familiarise Chief Officers with the threat posed by Police corruption and provide training in the strategic oversight of counter corruption investigations. 

This is a two day exercise during which the attendees will be fully immersed in an anti-corruption exercise dealing with issues such as race, critical incident management and organisational integrity. It is a safe learning environment where the complexities and difficulties of highly accountable decision making will be experienced and explored. The delegates will examine the value of creating an ethical environment in which corruption is explicitly condemned and actively reported; they will distinguish and assess the potential influencing factors and vulnerabilities that lead to corrupt activity; they will recognise the risks posed by corrupt officers to the service and the criminal justice process and to public confidence. Throughout the exercise there will be a focus on developing preventative strategies and cultures at an organizational level.