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 ofofficers where things are working or not, the police would undoubtedly losetheir control over the situation and rioters would spread to other areasleading to possible 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.