At a recent meeting of the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee (SRIC) the committee directed staff to post for client comments the following proposed standard revision. Please post your comments prior to Friday May 14th, 2021.
46.2.1 (M M M M) Special Operations Activities
A written directive establishes procedures for special operations activities including:
a. the responsibilities that agency personnel are to assume until assistance arrives;
b. deployment of tactical teams to supplement other operational components;
c. required authorization for deployment of tactical team;
d. designation of tactical team command and decision-making authority;
e. the use of a threat/risk assessment; and
f. coordination and cooperation between tactical teams and other operational components.
For those special operations the agency does not perform with its own personnel, the directive should identify where such assistance is available and how it is requested. Guidelines should also be established for use of special operations personnel to supplement other operations, such as patrol, as the need arises. The intent of "coordination and control" is to establish procedures to alleviate potential misunderstandings among all components, to provide for the safety of officers, and to ensure the success of the operation.
The use of threat/risk assessment will minimize potential injury to officers and citizens. A risk assessment is the process of evaluating and determining the presence of any or all potential hazards or dangerous conditions to law enforcement personnel and the public that may be present or may occur during an operation to determine the appropriate risk level of that pending action.
Discretion is advised in disseminating information to local commanders or operational components when operational security is critical to success. (M M M M)