Former Area Commander Stewart’s 30-year police career brings valuable experience in events and operations planning; emergencies and contingency planning; training and development; performance; and organisational change.
When Police Scotland was created, it was his team that designed its common working practices – including a pro-active briefing / debriefing model.
Stewart Rorrison BSc (Hons)
LEAD ASSOCIATE: DEBRIEFING
The son of an Ayrshire miner, Stewart ironically joined the police service during the miners’ strike in 1984.
He considers himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop his personal and professional skills in a variety of disciplines over the years since.
Stewart has been responsible not only for planning but also taking Command of large-scale events ranging from open-air music festivals to Rangers and Celtic matches. He also has considerable experience in planning and delivering in-house and multi-agency emergency-response exercises, both live-play and tabletop.
Training and staff development also figure in Stewart’s background. At the old Strathclyde Police Force Training Centre in Glasgow, he was responsible for all aspects of training new recruits. This included time as a PT and drill instructor!
Later, as part of the senior management team at the new Centre near East Kilbride, Stewart was responsible for the organisation, prioritisation, delivery and review of in-Force training.
During his years as an Area Commander, Stewart was responsible for all aspects of performance, local service delivery, partnership working and staff development – as well as operational policing arrangements at key sites like Glasgow International Airport and Braehead Shopping Centre.
Stewart played a senior role in managing the successful transition of Strathclyde Police into the recently formed Police Scotland in 2013. His team was also responsible for designing and delivering new corporate structures and common working practices across the single national force.
This included introducing a pro-active briefing / debriefing model.
Throughout his career and in all of these specialist roles, Stewart has developed a growing appreciation of the importance of effective debriefing and its role in ensuring personal development and organisational improvement.
Stewart is married with two children. He retains an interest in sport and fitness, and coached his local youth football team for years.