Friday, October 15, 2010

Can't We All Get Along?

Part of the supervisors job is to protect the officers who work for them. Protect them from the public, from the department management, criminals and other officers, as well as themselves. When a supervisor receives a citizen complaint he should not only take the complaint but also take the opportunity to explain why the officer did what he did in the field. It is an opportunity to reach out to the community to achieve a better understanding of what we do and why we do it.

When management asks the officers to do something stupid, demeaning or unsafe, it is up to the supervisor to advocate for the officers position. To mitigate the danger involved or to cut down on the make work tasks management sometimes asks them to perform.

Officers need to get along with each other, but sometimes they don't. The supervisor needs to be aware of who gets alone with who and who does not get along. We don't have to be best friends with everyone we work with but we do have to work together. Sometimes the best thing to do is to separate people to different shifts. Sometimes the next thing to do is to work to mitigate their differences, if you can. Two officers who don't get along can ruin morale on a whole shift. It's the job of the supervisor to take care of these problems; that's what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I always viewed a supervisor as an NCO ...
THEY are the ones that really "run" the platoon...not the
ANd the supervisor KNOWS how to handle most any situation...simply because they've seen & done it all (pretty much, anyway).

When (internal) conflicts arise, they are the first line of defense.
There can be professional issues or personal ones, and the "super" will make officers aware that one CAN affect the other...and should not, if they want to be a good street cops.

Excellent advice.

Bunkermeister said...

Just right G.