Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Senority

Generally when officers are assigned to a call for service, or have self initiated activity, it is their call to complete the assignment no matter who else may respond.  Generally, only if a senior officer takes charge does the officer relinquish control of the incident. 

Such change of command should be done with a formal statement so it is clear who is in charge.  In a major incident this change of command should be recorded by the scribe or at least made clear on the radio so that it is recorded.

In the event a senior officer gives a command that is illegal, immoral, unethical, or a violation of department policy, ask them for clarification.  If they give it again, explain the problem and as for further clarification.  You are responsible for your actions and the excuse of following orders will seldom relieve you of responsibility; that's what the SGT Says.

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