Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Trust

http://www.wreg.com/wreg-mpd-indicted,0,5042314.story

An American city police department has had four officers indicted for using prostitutes while on duty. These were not new folks, these were long term employees of that agency. Why is it that four officers would be involved with prostitutes on duty?

That is a significant failure of both the supervisors and of their co-workers. It is difficult to believe that these officers were well supervised if they were doing this activity on duty. It is the job of the supervisor to know what their officers are doing on their shift.

It is also the job of a good officer to know where his partners are at and what they are doing. The other officers who worked with these indicted officers should have known where their partners were at during the shift. If they did know what these officers were doing, they should have warned them and give them a chance to go to the supervisor. Police work involves a public trust and we must be able to trust our partners too; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

I disagree. I think the Officer's (criminals) are 100% to blame. I don't know the details but they could have "been" with a prostitute and then back on duty within 5-10 minutes. Supervisors can't know exactly where their guys are every minute of the shift. That's why we hire "good" people for the job, so they don't have to be micro managed.

Bunkermeister said...

The officers are 100% responsible for their behavior. These actions continued over a long period of time and the supervisor should have known something was wrong if he was watching his people.