Thursday, August 27, 2015


What is your agencies pursuit policy?  What is your agencies use of force policy?  If you can't rattle them off, perhaps there is a problem with you not reading them enough.  Maybe your supervisors don't review it enough.

Or perhaps your pursuit policy and use of force policy are simply too complex.  The law, agency policy, and best practices, as well as training need to flow together.  If your policy is too complicated for people to remember, it is a major problem.

If people don't know policy, it will be serendipity if they actually follow it.  Policy needs to be easy to understand, and easy to remember.  A policy that tries to cover every potential eventuality is only there to keep the lawyers busy and protect the agency; that's what the SGT Says.

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