Joe Holden


Director of Incident Response Planning & Training – FIOR. 

Joe completed 34 years of Police Service with 15 years at a senior executive management level completing his service as Head of Operational Policing retiring in the rank of Chief Superintendent. The majority of his service with Central Scotland Police was spent as a ‘career detective’ rising to become Head of the Criminal Investigation Department. During this period he led a number of high profile murder and serious crime investigations

During his career Joe played a lead role in the terrorist enquiries resulting in the successful arrests of a PIRA active service unit and a UVF gun running team in Central Scotland ; the initial response and full investigation of the Dunblane Primary School tragedy ; the planning and command of the Central Scotland Police response to the G8 Summit. Joe was a recognised national and international speaker on a variety of policing subjects and incident management.

He was an accredited and authorised ‘Silver’ or tactical commander and ‘Gold’ or strategic commander for Firearms Incidents. Joe was also a fully trained and experienced Incident Commander in regard to disaster management including a number of major incidents which occurred within the Grangemouth petro-chemical industry.

Between 2007 and 2012 he was an accredited SQA assessor with the Diploma of Police Leadership and Management delivered by the Scottish Police College.

Joe will play a lead role in the training delivery of the FIOR Diploma of Integrated Emergency Management.

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