Friday, November 6, 2015


An officer was involved in a fatal shooting.  He approached a man, who grabbed his baton, and shot the man, dead.  The officer was fired for failing to follow the department procedures related to his response to the call.

The officer was cleared from any criminal wrong doing in the shooting.  The officer suffered from post traumatic stress and claimed disability as a result of the shooting.  The agency approved his disability claim.

All actions taken at work will be judged in a variety of ways.  First, was it legal to do what you did?  Did you follow department policy?  Did you violate civil law?  Does the public think you did the right thing?  Do your coworkers and family think you did right?  Do you think you did the right thing?  All of these judgements are independent of each other and any of them can be fatal to your career; that's what the SGT Says.

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