Don’t be distracted by the phone
Sgt. Glenn A. Zier, Clay Co. (FL) SO
Turn off or ignore your cell phones. Officers responding Code 3 to a call have been seen talking on their phone on the way to the call. Who are the talking to, their funeral director?
How about the officer who gets out of the car with the Bluetooth in his ear? What are you thinking? Who is so important that you have to be instantly available? I can not think of one single person in the world who is so important that I have to be ready to answer the phone the minute they call. The cell phone is one of the greatest innovations to civilization but perhaps one of the most detrimental distractions to law enforcement. Officers don’t have to make decisions, they can call a Sgt. They can talk all the way to the shooting call. They can answer the phone while checking a building. They don’t have to get out of their car and go into a convience store and talk to the local cleark (who, by the way, is a fount of information) in order to use the phone to call a citizen.
Look at the cell phone as another tool and use it accordingly.