This all culminates to the fact that command and control is animportant method that the services use to plan, carry out and effectivelycomplete operations.
Whether that be on their own or cooperatively, command andcontrol ensures that either way is straight forward and successful. It can also be shown at home through the cooperation of thepolice, fire service and ambulance service. When each arrive at an incidenteach one will take charge at certain points and through using command andcontrol it is easy for them to work together without confusion and slowing downthe resolution of the incident. This is shown through the armed forces all working together,because they employ the same methods and similar rank structure they are ableto cooperate on joint operations or be led by one another without troopsbecoming confused as they wouldn’t know how that service operates but thisisn’t the case since they all use the same command and control method. Furthermore, Command and Control has proven to be suitable for allthe services and is a very solid method. Because this system is flexible,it’s very easy to use to manage operations and the service as a whole, itallows for the success of multi service operations.
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. 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. 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. The leaders who were on the scene used command and control,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 in thefield and proving they have good leadership and command.
Without someone high up in the rank structure toorganise/co-ordinate police teams and communicate to the separate teams of officerswhere things are working or not, the police would undoubtedly lose theircontrol over the situation and rioters would spread to other areas leading topossible deaths of officers and harm to civilians. 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. 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. In this situation Command and Control was used to manage units bymaking strategies and carefully planning. These units being policeofficers, their equipment and vehicles. the rank structure ensured thatofficers knew who to listen to and who they needed to work with.
If the rankstructure wasn’t present, contact with certain teams would become disorganisedwhich leads to poor performance. Through the police response in the London riots, command andcontrol is shown to be very effective. 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.Uniformed Public Services use Command and Control systems in dayto day operations, so they can work effectively.