The architect of Strathclyde’s first police firearms unit, Gordon became Scotland’s Head of Armed Policing, responsible for 400 specialist officers and commanding numerous challenging incidents.


Now on civvy street, he’s a sought-after expert adviser and trainer.

Gordon Barr


Gordon is a highly skilled trainer with extensive experience of training-needs analysis and developing bespoke training packages, seminars and workshops.

Formerly, as Police Scotland’s first Head of Armed Policing, Gordon played the key role in developing the nation’s armed policing response.

Responsible for 400 specialist officers, he improved service delivery as well as operational efficiency and effectiveness. He contributed to significant aspects of national overall policing strategy. The post also saw him commanding many challenging firearms incidents to a successful conclusion.

Before Police Scotland, Gordon was Superintendent and Head of Support Services with Strathclyde Police, managing an £18 million budget. At one point, he had command of 800 officers in 13 units including Roads, Force Planning, Armed Policing, and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear).

In an earlier role, he set up Strathclyde Police’s first specialist firearms unit, taking the project from conception to selecting and developing the 130-strong team of officers, and establishing policies and procedures.

Now, he is much in demand as an expert adviser and trainer, particularly in the fields of:

  • emergency management;

  • critical-incident management;

  • risk management;

  • business-continuity planning;

  • policy development;

  • organisational compliance; and

  • decision making.



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