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A staff inspection process is a favorably proactive practice. The conceptual purpose is to uncover potential problems, developing solutions within the agency's scope of operations, before any problems negatively affect the department and its personnel.
- To determine whether the department's procedures and policies being properly implemented
- To determine whether the department's procedures and policies are adequate to attain the department's goals
- To ascertain if the department's resources (such as personnel) are being used fully and sensibly
- To determine whether the department's resources are adequate to attain the department's goals
- To discover any deficiencies in integrity, training, morale, or supervision
- To help operating line units plan their line inspections
Benefits of Inspection
The staff inspection process can tell the chief how department policies and directives are being carried out. It can observe operational procedures both on the street and in the unit facilities and report on their effectiveness or their shortcomings. It can audit financial records, inventory agency property, inspect equipment, and conduct surveys.
Essentially, staff inspections—done conscientiously and objectively—can be the eyes and ears of the chief and his command staff and help ensure the population served is receiving the most professional service that can be delivered.