All of a sudden you see a car run the checkpoint, and just as it turns out of view you hear shots fired and an officer calling for help over the radio.
Let's take a look at each paragraph individually and see how the Marine Corps' planning format might be used in planning a law enforcement operation or project.
After 15 minutes of work to free the transport stuck on the tracks, an eight-car commuter train carrying 90 people rounds the bend and slams into the turbine, derailing four of the eight cars. At least 60 people are injured. You are the only supervisor available that day.
If an officer has gone from a go-getter to a no-getter, find out why.
You get a call at 1:30 a.m. that the freezer alarm has been sounded at a local fast food restaurant with drive-through service that's located in a high-traffic tourist area of town. There are rarely, if ever, false alarms at this location.
You're kidding yourself if you think that you will ever have a fully trained and motivated command. You are a trainer, a coach, and if you care about the future, a mentor. In reality, each has its own role, specific purpose, and desired outcome.
In every call for service, you should think things through before you begin your response. Each call can be broken down into three phases: pre-response, response, and post-response.
Most facets of supervising can be placed in one of two categories: action or admin. The action parts are what supervisors usually enjoy doing the most. The admin side is a different story.
You get a call about a missing elderly white male who left his residence somewhere between 21:00 and 04:00 while his caregiver was sleeping. The gentleman is 74 years old and expected to be walking in dress clothes. He has a habit of wandering off.
Support for your idea starts when you get decision-makers on your side by being brief and to the point.
It's 13:30 on a Tuesday and dispatch advises you that someone called the local middle school saying he planted a bomb and it is set to go off at 14:30, just as school lets out. The school is waiting for law enforcement's response.
A person with a bad attitude can be disruptive to the workplace, it's not something you want in your unit but before you face the issue head on, make sure you've documented their bad tendencies.
The role of a law enforcement supervisor is to lead, motivate, and help accomplish the agency's mission. Nowhere in that role does it state you have to be everyone's friend.
The officer told his ex-girlfriend that if she didn't get back together with him, he would call the agency himself and create a situation where they would have to kill him.
You often hear the word "leadership" used, but it has become so cliché that the real meaning has been all but lost. Many have pushed away the management side of the house and have ignored the fact that being an effective manager is a big part of a leader's job.
The victim advises she has been held captive along with her roommate (who is still at the residence) for a week. She tells you she was let out only to buy groceries. She is terrified. You have about 20 minutes before the suspect starts wondering where she is.
The success or failure of any law enforcement agency revolves around the quality of its paperwork. As a supervisor you must set high standards early on to ensure success. Everything you approve will have your name on it, and thus your subordinates' reports become yours.
As you approach the vehicle you notice that her window is rolled up and she has a sign pressed up on her window that says, "I am NOT talking to you, NO you can't search my vehicle, and I want my attorney." She also has her driver's license pressed onto the glass so you can see it.
Stress is a part of the job. But there are actions you can take to mitigate its effects that don't include the usual advice from doctors and fitness magazines.
You're asked to help arrest a known felon with an active warrant for burglary. Since the suspect is a known runner you have to consider how to limit his mobility, among other things, as you begin your planning.