LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES 4
Managementof Law Enforcement Agencies
Managementof Law Enforcement Agencies
Duringthe patrol with the law enforcement officers, a number of thingscaught my attention. At the top of the list is the importance ofplanning prior to the onset of the operation. The senior patrolpersonnel in charge of a shift present a drafted plan and allow a fewminutes of discussion. The officers in the team then make suggestionsand the plan is amended accordingly.
Planningserves an essential role in managing and allocating resources andpersonnel to various matters at hand. However, during the patrol, Idiscovered that it is not possible to follow the laid plan per se asunplanned circumstances arise once and again. Murgado (2012) statesthat the information recorded in a written plan cannot always preparean officer adequately for what happens on the ground. Once theoperation starts, most of the activities carried out depend on whatis happening on the area patrolled. However, having a plan iscritical when starting an operation (The Guardian, 2016). What iscritical and should be well understood is that adjustment might benecessary. Time, resources and personnel need to be planned for. Whenan emergency arises, the patrol leader’s plan and effectivecommunication with the team members is extremely vital.
Personnelmanagement is also fundamental for an effective law enforcementpatrol. For instance, it is necessary for the shift leader to make adecision on the number of personnel who will be involved in a certainoperation. Jancewicz (2016), states that for certain investigations,deployment of a single officer may be more effective than sending alarge number of law enforcers. Furthermore, the officers taking partin an investigation need to be adequately motivated to perform theirduties well. In some situations, it becomes necessary for a singlepolice officer to be assigned a vehicle to conduct a certain dutywithout any supervision. If the person is not intrinsicallymotivated, lack of supervision will lead to inefficiency andredundancy at work. According to Jancewicz (2016), poor motivationamong law enforcers leads to increased rates of insecurity, criminalactivities and the community suffers adversely. Additionally, membersof the society lose their trust in the officers as they are unable toperform their duties optimally.
Duringthe patrol, communication between the officers on the ground and thedispatcher is closely maintained. The law enforcer’s value timelycommunication and their devices are always alert to receive and sendinformation. However, it is likely to pass or receive wrongcommunication depending on circumstances and other external factorssuch as poor radio reception or loss of transmission network.Scoville (2013), states that delays and inexplicable requests ofpolice in the field and those at the stations, often result in lesseffective communication.
Finally,collaboration of the officers with the members of the public resultsin effective delivery of services. More often than not, the public isthe source of information required for certain operation (U.S.Department of Justice, 2016). The police officers should not instillfear in informants and should protect them when it becomes necessaryto do so. During a patrol, being sociable to the people improvescorporation and enhances the ability to detect irregularities. Lawagency must appreciate that in order to perform their role maximally,which is to ensure security for all, they must do so in a responsibleapproach.
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