15.00.050     CHAIN OF COMMAND - COMMAND PROTOCOL                     (CALEA 12.1.2)


The Chief of Police has the authority to designate which deputy chief follows him in order of succession of command.  When the Chief of Police is absent or otherwise unavailable, and no decision has been made, the succession of command is as follows: 


v      Senior Deputy Chief of Police


v      Next Senior Deputy Chief of Police


v      Command officers in descending order of rank and seniority of rank.


Major incidents or emergencies will normally be under the direction of the Chief of Police or the Chief's designee.


The chain of command will be followed whenever possible by each member of the Department.  Employees will strive to operate within the Chain-of-Command and to keep their supervisors informed as to their activities.


When two or more officers are dispatched to, or are present at any activity, the primary unit assigned to respond will assume control of the situation until it is concluded or until properly relieved by a more senior officer.


The arrival of a more senior or superior officer will not be considered as an implicit assumption of command unless such assumption is communicated by the senior or superior officer.  A superior officer present at an incident, who does not assume command, is not relieved of the responsibility for the proper handling of that incident.


The presence of a lieutenant may be requested by any officer at the scene of an incident.  Upon arrival, the lieutenant will evaluate the scene and assume command as deemed necessary.  The lieutenant may request the presence of a command-level officer.