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 tackle
rioters in an organised way and with strategy.
Even under extreme pressures such as in the London riots, with the
rank structure and clear command and control the police force could still
maintain a foothold. A lot of planning and strategy had to be from commanders
who were on the scene, they made strategies by using their experience and this
is shown in their rank as they wouldn’t have gotten to that position without
displaying excellence in the field and proving they have good leadership and
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 control on 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 disorganised
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 reporting to. Those higher 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 effectively.