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Police in Critical Situations

NCJ Number
Internal Security Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Dated: 2010 Pages: 115-120
Bernard Wisniewski; Jaroslaw Pronko
Date Published
6 pages
This article examines the need for developing training and exercises to improve the readiness of police in critical situations.
Society's well-grounded sense of threat has risen recently due to the activity of mafia, terrorists and criminals. The police, as the citizens' servants are responsible for limitation or elimination of that danger. The most complex events posing threat to the society are critical situations. They are often completely unexpected and complex, hence, if we cannot prevent them, we should prepare ourselves to them. It is widely accepted that the better the system of education of the police officers is, the more effective the action in critical situations is, especially the effective communication between particular elements of the worked out stable decisionmaking process and training responsible leaders. As far as critical situations are concerned, one of the most important aspects of coping with this phenomenon is contact with the media, the most socially respected link between people and authorities. For this reason, practical exercises examining created procedures should be also incorporated into this training. Police management staff should work out in the training process pattern of actions on every level. It is ultimately important to secure the flow of the information within and between police units, as far as every kind of them is used in critical situations. Such state requires exercise and training that strengthens the readiness of the police to action in critical situations. (Published Abstract)