West Midlands Police
The primary areas of police responsibility (British Transport Police for rail incidents) at a major incident are:
- The saving a life in conjunction with the other emergency services.
- The co-ordination and communication between the emergency services, local authorities and other organisations acting in support at the scene of the incident or elsewhere.
- To secure, protect and preserve the scene, and to control sightseers and traffic through the use of cordons:
- Inner cordon - provides immediate security of the rescue zone and potential crime scene.
- Outer cordon - seals off an extensive controlled area surrounding the rescue zone. All access and exit points will be controlled and persons requesting access vetted. The control/command vehicles of the emergency services must be positioned between the inner and outer cordons.
- Traffic cordon - deployed at or beyond the outer cordon preventing vehicular access to the area surrounding the scene and ensuring free movement of emergency service vehicles into and away from the scene
- The investigation of the incident and securing evidence in conjunction with other investigative bodies where applicable.
- The collation and dissemination of casualty information.
- The identification of the dead on behalf of HM Coroner.
- The prevention of crime.
- Short term measures to restore normality after all necessary actions have been taken.