Recommendations Following a Shooting

  • Give compassionate response to officers at the scene
  • Avoid judgement remarks
  • Provide physical and mental first aid
  • Support from a high-ranking administrator; which is communicated face to face
  • Remove officer from crime scene – they are generally kept there too long
  • Replace officer’s weapon with modification depending on circumstances
  • Arrange contact with the officer’s family and give support and information
  • Provide psychological break before detailed interview
  • Place officer on administrative leave not suspension
  • Provide mandatory 1 day off and then re-evaluate
  • Screen incoming telephone calls to the officer
  • Advice employees of basic facts of the incident
  • Everyone at scene of shooting should be debriefed
  • Screen officers engaging in vicarious thrill seeking
  • Provide independent legal counsel
  • Allow a pace to return to duty
  • Consider the officer’s interest in media release
  • Expedite the completion of administrative and criminal investigation and provide information flow to the officer to explain administrative procedures
  • Avoid perception of the personal attack.