Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Abridged Patrol Manual

An abridged patrol manual is a good idea for every agency.  It is difficult to communicate all the most important information for officers by simply providing them with a 300 page manual.  Most will not read it at all and few will read it more than once.

I think an abridged manual with the most critical items in it is a useful tool to get officers to read the agency policies and procedures.  It is something they can take in the field with them and they can review it on slow days.  They can also quickly look up something in the field if then are unsure of an action to take.

Today the abridged manual might be better in a PDF format that can be loaded onto a computer application.  Perhaps something officers could carry in their smartphone.  In any case, an electronic version of the abridged manual officers could have with them all the time would be very helpful to get officers to learn agency policy; that's what the SGT Says.

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