Monday, May 18, 2009

Move Along, Nothing To See Here

How many times have you been at the scene of a major event and then see large numbers of officers standing around doing nothing? If you are involved in a pursuit and they bad guy is in custody, unless you were in a traffic collision or were a primary unit, go back in service! Don't hang around at the termination of the pursuit and chit chat with other officers about things unrelated to the pursuit.

When the media shows up, it looks bad to see twenty-seven police cars, one suspect and all the cops standing around doing nothing. Even if you are a bit hyper and need a few minutes to pull yourself together, that's fine, get in your patrol car and drive three blocks away and wait there. Even take another officer with you and drive a short distance away and have a cup of coffee and relax a bit. Just don't loiter about the scene with no actual work to do making it seem like all the police in the county have nothing better to do than stand around.

The perception of the public is important. If they think there are too many police or if the police don't have enough work to do, then they won't vote for candidates who are pro-police. It is part of the public image battle that we have to fight every day to show people we do a good job, because the vast majority of officers do good police work; that's what the SGT Says.


TheBronze said...

That situation is a supervisory failure.

Bunkermeister said...

Yes, it is, but good officers supervise themselves much of the time.

Protect_and_Serve said...

Yet another problem I don't have to deal with thanks to a tiny Department. We're lucky if we have three cars at the end of a pursuit.

Bunkermeister said...

In Los Angeles it looks like the end of the Blues Brothers movie!