Command and Control is an old system however, it has proven to be
suitable for all the services and is very solid. Because this system is
flexible, very easy to use to manage operations and the service it allows for
the success of each operation and the ease of multiple services working
together in larger operations such as major incidents like terrorism.
It is evident that Command and Control works very well, 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, they
wouldn’t have gotten to that position without displaying excellence. 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.
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. 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
In this situation Command and Control was used to manage resources
by making strategies and carefully planning. The resources being police
officers, gear 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. 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.
Command and control is an effective system, this can be shown
through the police response in the London riots.
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.