Message from the LBA President
Once again, we find ourselves in unprecedented trying times. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are faced with public protests and rioting across the nation. This comes as the result of the tragic incident in Minneapolis, MN. Police Officers across the country are being assaulted and murdered for the mere fact of what they represent. With little to no support or direction from most politicians, who are hiding and pandering to their bases, we find ourselves in an untenable position.
In the history of this department, the rank of Lieutenant has carried the title of Incident Commander. With that comes full responsibility of how an incident is handled up to and including its final outcome. If assigned to a protest detail, interface with your Commanding Officer at the start of your tour to determine who is assuming the responsibility and position of Incident Commander throughout the duration of the operational period. If you are designated Incident Commander by a higher rank and then told to adjust your deployment strategy by a supervisor, inquire of that supervisor if they are assuming the role of Incident Commander. If affirmation of Incident Command transfer is received, immediately transmit via appropriate frequency the transfer of Incident Command and memorialize the transition in your memo book and Tour Commander Log. If the higher ranking officer declines to assume the role of Incident Commander, make a memo book notation of the alteration of resource deployment they instituted and follow the order. When feasible, contact a member of the Executive Board via telephone or email for situational awareness regarding the incident.
In conversation with Deputy Superintendent Klock and Chief Gonzalez earlier today, they lauded the professionalism and leadership that all members of the association have demonstrated throughout the duration of these challenging, critical events. I am not at all surprised with the perpetual manner, in which our rank has led this department through its darkest times, and will continue to do so in the future. I encourage and advocate all Tour Commanders familiarize themselves with relevant department policies regarding crowd control, disturbances, arrests and mobilization, including but not limited to DEPLOYMENT OF DISORDER CONTROL EQUIPMENT 2017-OPS-23.
As always, be safe and watch out for the safety of the Officers and Sergeants working under your command, they depend on your leadership, guidance, and professionalism. Thank you for your support and take solace in the fact that the Executive Board and I are proud of the job you do every day to represent our Rank, Agency, and our Country……..