Policies and Procedures
In reading this week’s assignment, I found that the student handbook covered most all directives of being a Student at O.C.U. I feel that it applies most to the student that physically attends classes or that lives the campus life. Granted, there are rules for online students to follow as well. We must adhere to deadlines, follow rules pertaining to admissions and conduct ourselves in a professional fashion. We wouldn’t want to bring shame to O.C.U. or its faculty.
Rules and regulations are a normal part of society. We see them at school as a student, in the workplace and even on doors of public places we utilize. You can’t walk inside of McDonald’s for a quick burger bare foot, for an example. Rules are a necessity for a society to function and flourish but it’s one’s responsibility to know what is expected of them. Policies for law enforcement are called Standard Orders of Procedure (S. O. P.), for most agencies. They are created for a number of reasons, but they give officers an established publication of rules to follow. I reflect upon them when I’m dealing with an issue that I haven’t investigated in a while. They are in place to protect the agency and its officers. It’s essential to follow set policies and procedures for a number of reasons. S. O. P.’s protect the agency from high liability concerns if officers abide by them. Concerns like high speed chases, use of force and bank robberies have their own chapters detailing who, what, where, why, and how to perform when faced with these tasks. If we fail to follow these policies we may face disciplinary action. In closing, if we, as law enforcement, are the ones enforcing the laws of the land, if we fail to follow the rules that govern us, what type of example are we setting?
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