Friday, March 6, 2015


Agencies should have a small pocket size version of their policy manual.  It should cover those policies that officers would have to deal with in the field.  They should cover driving, use of force, data collection and weapons.

Sleeping on duty, taking breaks, care and use of the patrol vehicle are all important items that should be in a pocket manual.  The pocket manual should also include select sections of the penal and vehicle code.  Those that are common and significant crimes.  Burglary, robbery, murder, are all important to include.

Pocket manuals should be small.  They should be pocket size to fit in the shirt pocket.  It should not be a 200 page manual.  It should be handy and easy to use.  A giant manual will not be read by anyone; that's what the SGT Says.

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