Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Supervision

Officers should be monitored by their supervisors so their behavior is proper.  Officers need to know and understand the law, their duty manual, and their training and supervision must conform to those expectations.

Officers will sometimes make a mistake, or perhaps make a poor judgement call.  Officers who make a mistake or a bad call should be re-trained and the incident documented.  If officers continue to make the same or similar mistakes, they should continue to receive both further training and progressive discipline.

Just as crimes come in infractions, misdemeanors and felonies, not every violation of the rules should result in termination.  Every violation of the rules should be coupled with training.  Officers can't obey rules the don't understand or that require skills don't know how to employ.  Officers should be saved whenever possible, but truly bad officers should not be allowed to endanger themselves, their co-workers, the agency or the public; that's what the SGT Says.

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