Monday, October 18, 2010

Standing By

When on duty, know exactly what your neighboring officers are doing. The same folks that you rely on to come and help you, should know that you are monitoring their radio traffic. If they go out on a traffic stop, or get assigned to a call you should know where that location is and how to get there. If you don't know where it is at, then you need to look it up on your map.

Keep an ear open for how long it takes for them to put out that they are okay. If the other officer takes too long to clear the call, then you need to start moving in that direction. Get deployed so that if the other officer actually needs help you are in a position to respond.

If the officer calls for a back up, you are in a position to respond in a timely manner. Distance is time and the closer you are the less time there will be spent responding to their need for help. Depending on your unit deployment plan, you may be able to start heading in his direction or you may simply patrol the border of your beat. Either way, you are ready to help; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

suz said...

Your blog should be required reading for all LEO's!

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
I'm with SUZ...you ever think of writing a primer for cadets?

Stay safe.

TerryByrd said...

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

Knowing what your fellow officers are doing and where they are at is crucial.

Its one of the top 10 things a "GOOD COP" does for his brother/sister officers.

They need to bring back some old school common sense blocks of instruction (like this) at academies.

And remember folks:

WATCH THE HANDS!
&
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Bunkermeister said...

I agree, all cops should be reading my blog. Tell all your friends.

No book for now, I am starting with the blog. 20,000 police in LA County and I only have 40 followers after two years of writing.