This all culminates to the fact that command and control is an
important method that the services use to plan, carry out and effectively
complete operations. Whether that be on their own or cooperatively, command and
control ensures that either way is straight forward and successful.
It can also be shown at home through the cooperation of the
police, fire service and ambulance service. When each arrive at an incident
each one will take charge at certain points and through using command and
control it is easy for them to work together without confusion and slowing down
the resolution of the incident.
This is shown through the armed forces all working together,
because they employ the same methods and similar rank structure they are able
to cooperate on joint operations or be led by one another without troops
becoming confused as they wouldn’t know how that service operates but this
isn’t the case since they all use the same command and control method.
Furthermore, Command and Control has proven to be suitable for all
the services and is a very solid method. Because this system is flexible,
it’s very easy to use to manage operations and the service as a whole, it
allows for the success of multi service operations.
In conclusion command and control is very effective, allowing for
the services to engage in operations quickly and with succession. It works well
with the rank system as this only brings more structure to it allowing lower
down people to see clearly who their orders are coming from.
With the rank structure officers can see the commander and his
rank this will boost morale in the officers as they know that they are being
controlled by someone who knows what they are doing. He then uses his
experience and command and control to see where more police are needed, who
needs what equipment and who needs to push up. Because of the Command and
Control structure, leaders were able to control teams of officers and deal with
rioters in an organised way and with strategy.
Furthermore, the rank structure and clear command and control the
police force could still maintain a foothold during the riots. The leaders who
were on the scene used command and control, they made plans by using their knowledge
that they have accumulated and this is shown in their rank. They wouldn’t have
gotten to that position without displaying excellence in the field and proving
they have good leadership and command.
Without someone high up in the rank structure to
organise/co-ordinate police teams and communicate to the separate teams of officers
where things are working or not, the police would undoubtedly lose their
control over the situation and rioters would spread to other areas leading to
possible deaths of officers and harm to civilians.
From there the operation of riot control would splinter in to
small battles of attrition, where in one street the police would be holding
back rioters, in other streets the rioters may have broken through.
Rioters would recognise that the police force is disorganised and
would exploit this, breaking police lines and furthering the chaos. With no one
to clearly report to the police would not be able to regain their footing and
then overwhelmed, losing their control over the situation.
In this situation Command and Control was used to manage units by
making strategies and carefully planning. These units being police
officers, their equipment and vehicles. the rank structure ensured that
officers knew who to listen to and who they needed to work with. If the rank
structure wasn’t present, contact with certain teams would become confused
which leads to poor performance.
Through the police response in the London riots, command and
control is shown to be very effective.
To create an effective system, the uniformed services employ a
rank structure. This rank structure ensures people know what they are doing and
who they are commanded by. Those with a higher rank and are further up in the
structure have more responsibility and more power.
Uniformed Public Services use Command and Control systems in day
to day operations, so they can work effeciently.