City of Metropolis

Municipal Police and Fire Department

Conformity, Obedience and Compliance Guidelines

About Us

Our Fire and Police Department consists of many women and men that take pride in their line of work and duties. Our success depends greatly on the compassion and compliance of the team members on our force and our ability to work together with a strong commitment to conformity, obedience and compliance. Conformity within a group entails members changing their attitudes and beliefs in order to match those of others within the group to be consistent with the group norm. (Fein & Kassin, 2014) . Those that conform tend to be obedient and compliant. In order to conform, the group member must attribute someone as having the legitimacy and credibility to lead or influence the group's behavior, which for our force is the Fire Chief or the Chief of Police. Without this "leader", conformity toward the group's goals and accomplishments will be less prevalent. If a member of the group fails to conform to the groups needs, he/she would lose credibility with the rest of the group. For compliance to occur within our group, one must adapt his/her actions to another's wishes or rules. A person that conforms must have a disposition that allows him/her to yield to others. Requests for and acts of compliance occur in everyone's lives. Simply asking someone to perform a task is a request for compliance. Obedience is the act of following orders without question because they come from a legitimate authority. (Constable, 2015).
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General Obedience Orders

  • Members shall obey all laws of the United States, the State of Michigan, and local

    political jurisdictions in which they are present, including traffic laws
  • Members shall obey all lawful orders given them by a superior officer or acting officer. A member shall not deliberately refuse or fail to obey a lawful order, or ridicule an officer or his orders, whether in or out of the officers presence

  • If ever in doubt of an order directed at you, or unsure of assignment detail, ask for more information from assigning officer or request more information from the Officer in Charge
  • Upon receipt of an order conflicting with a previous order or instruction, the member affected will advise the person issuing the second order of the prior order. The responsibility for countermanding the original order or instruction then rests with the individual issuing the conflicting order

  • Any member who is given an order which they feel to be improper, unjust or contrary to the Department's Policy or Procedure, will first obey the order to the best of their ability, then appeal said order through the chain of command

  • Obedience to an unsafe, unlawful or illegal order is never a defense for an unlawful

    action. Therefore, no member is required to obey any order which is unsafe, contrary to Federal, State, County or City law or ordinance, or Departmental regulations. Responsibility for refusal to obey rests with the member. Includes orders considered to be a direct disregard to safety of the individual or others


(cityofcharlevoix.org, 1994)

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