Police Forms

Standard Operating Procedures

Employees must know exactly what is expected of them. They have a right to know these expectations and supervisory personnel have a responsibility to clearly communicate departmental standards of performance. These standards are clearly stated as written directives. Directives establish a specific code of acceptable behavior as well as guide the officer in decision-making by narrowing the range of acceptable discretionary action. The Chief of Police uses this medium to disseminate his official position on specific issues. With a properly established directive system, confusion about official department policy on critical and sensitive issues is minimized. When policies are transformed into written procedures, a foundation for standardized action is created.