The Brea Briefing Room

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Apr 22


Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:46 a.m. by johnb johnb

For fans of television series focused on police work, the public perception of a police shift briefing is that of a room full of uniformed police officers, including some grizzled veterans mixed with eager rookie officers, in which the expectations of that day’s shift are discussed. Shows such as “Hill Street Blues” or “Adam-12” (check the internet, kids) generally depicted a veteran, wise Sergeant going over recent events, crime trends, or wanted persons, and encouraging all to be safe and vigilant during the shift. While television often has an exaggerated or overly dramatic depiction of police work, this is one area in which they really are not that far off.

At the Brea Police Department, Patrol briefings are conducted twice daily just prior to the beginning of day and night shift patrols. The session is usually facilitated by the shift’s Sergeant or perhaps the Corporal, who assigns patrol beat responsibilities for the day and goes over important information on areas in need of specific attention, currently wanted persons, or bulletins from neighboring jurisdictions. However, this is only a small part of the important role briefing plays. Officers discuss the previous day’s events, both as a reminder of current trends and as a means of identifying potential officer safety concerns. It is also an opportunity for officers to discuss problem solving tactics for ongoing concerns or to identify goals for that day’s shift. Training is often conducted in briefing. This may include refresher training on such things as objective symptoms of drunk or drugged driving, the latest court decisions on search and seizure law, or upgrades in available law enforcement technology.
Briefing is usually the only time the entire shift has the opportunity to get together at once, so it is an invaluable tool in building relationships between officers and other members of the shift. These relationships are crucial in officers working together as a team to safely handle emergencies, solve problems, and otherwise provide professional service to the City of Brea.

Briefing 1

Briefing 2


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