Uniformed Public Services use Command and Control systems in dayto day operations, so they can work effectively.To create an effective system, the uniformed services employ arank structure. This rank structure ensures people know what they are doing andwho they are reporting to. Those higher up in the structure have moreresponsibility and more power.
Through the police response in the London riots, command andcontrol is shown to be very effective. In this situation Command and Control was used to manage resourcesby making strategies and carefully planning. The resources being policeofficers, gear and vehicles. the rank structure ensured that officers knew whoto listen to and who they needed to work with. If the rank structure wasn’tpresent, contact with certain teams would become disorganised which leads topoor performance. Rioters would recognise that the police force is disorganised andwould exploit this, breaking police lines and furthering the chaos.
With no oneto clearly report to the police would not be able to regain their footing andthen overwhelmed, losing control on the situation. From there the operation of riot control would splinter in tosmall battles of attrition, where in one street the police would be holdingback rioters, in other streets the rioters may have broken through. Withoutsomeone high up in the rank structure to organise/co-ordinate police teams andcommunicate to the separate teams of officers where things are working or not, thepolice would undoubtedly lose their control over the situation and rioterswould spread to other areas leading to possible deaths of officers and harm tocivilians. Even under extreme pressures such as in the London riots, with therank structure and clear command and control the police force could stillmaintain a foothold. A lot of planning and strategy had to be from commanderswho were on the scene, they made strategies by using their experience and thisis shown in their rank, they wouldn’t have gotten to that position withoutdisplaying excellence. With the rank structure officers can see the commander and hisrank this will boost morale in the officers as they know that they are beingcontrolled by someone who knows what they are doing.
He then uses hisexperience and command and control to see where more police are needed, whoneeds what equipment and who needs to push up. Because of the Command andControl structure, leaders were able to control teams of officers and tacklerioters in an organised way and with strategy. In conclusion command and control is very effective, allowing forthe services to engage in operations quickly and with succession. It works wellwith the rank system as this only brings more structure to it allowing lowerdown people to see clearly who their orders are coming from.Furthermore, Command and Control has proven to be suitable for allthe services and is a very solid method.
Because this system is flexible, it’svery easy to use to manage operations and the service as a whole, it allows forthe success of multi service operations. This is shown through the armed forces all working together, becausethey employ the same methods and similar rank structure they are able tocooperate on joint operations or be led by one another without troops becoming confusedas they wouldn’t know how that service operates but this isn’t the case sincethey all use the same command and control method. It can also be shown at home through the cooperation of thepolice, fire service and ambulance service. When each arrive at an incident eachone will take charge at certain points and through using command and control itis easy for them to work together without confusion and slowing down the resolutionof the incident. This all culminates to the fact that command and control is an importantmethod that the services use to plan, carry out and effectively completeoperations.
Whether that be on their own or cooperatively, command and control ensuresthat either way is straight forward and successful.