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Incident Command: the big picture

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Over the past few weeks, I have been re-engineering Police Incident Command according toThe Illinois Model law enforcement operations system (LEOpSys). Most of the ideas aren't earth-shattering, but they suggest some small adjustments to the nationally-mandated program. The first several posts lay some foundation into our vision of what IC should be. This is the fifth and final installment. Click on the Incident Command label for all posts in this 5-part series.


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Incident Command is not about dry-marker boards. It's not about comfy mobile command posts. Or organizational charts. It's not about pocket cards or checklists either.

Incident Command is a balance between leadership and management while problem-solving in the face of crisis. It brings together problem analysis, goal-setting, and hasty planning. And we believe The Illinois ModelLEOpSys is the answer.

Our system is sufficiently simple and melds well within current programs such as NIMS/ICS. It's a problem-solvi…

Incident Command: the team cohesion aspect of the SitRep

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Over the past few weeks, I have been re-engineering Police Incident Command according toThe Illinois Model law enforcement operations system (LEOpSys). Most of the ideas aren't earth-shattering, but they suggest some small adjustments to the nationally-mandated program. The first several posts lay some foundation into our vision of what IC should be. This is Part Four. Click on the Incident Command label for all posts in this short series.


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In the last part, I assembled the first two portions of the Situation Report...or SitRep. These portions are the Incident Category and the Location
The SitRep is a quick method for briefing, updating, and directing responders to a police problem. It identifies the problems, prioritizes any intended solutions, and gives a basic plan for implementing the course of action. In this piece, I will add on the remaining portions of the SitRep: Priority of Life, Mission-Objective, Strategy-Tactics, Radio Channel. 



Again, followers of The Illinois Mod…