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Lance Bolinger
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So I think it is difficult to discuss the most common problems as all agencies have different problems based on their size, the area the police, and other factors. My agency would be classified as a mid-sized agency as we serve a population of roughly 120,000 citizens and have a sworn strength of 173 officers. For our agency, we experience issues with Unity of Command. There are a lot of people outside an officers Chain of Command who are issuing directives and orders to them, and involve themselves in situations that are outside of their lane. This creates problems as there is a need to follow an order given to you by a ranking officer, but where it goes bad is when that order conflicts with a directive set forth by the officers own Chain of Command. This leads to confusion by the officers we supervise, and causes a ripple effect of bad unintended outcomes throughout the department.