General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 4/14/2014
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Effective Date: 01/01/2014
An After-Action Report will be completed whenever a significant deployment or other unusual circumstances are involved or when directed to do so by higher authority.
I. General Information
A. An After-Action Report provides the chain of command with a synopsis of a critical incident or major event.
B. The Incident Commander shall set the date that the After-Action Report should be completed.
C. The Planning/Intelligence Chief is responsible for completing the After-Action Report. If a Planning/Intelligence Chief is not available to complete the report it is the responsibility of the Incident Commander to ensure completion of the report.
D. The After-Action Report will be distributed per the direction of the Incident Commander.
II. Report Format and Contents
A. The following items must appear in an After-Action Report.
a. The date and time, location, (including the precinct of occurrence) and the offenses.
b. Include a brief description of the incident and the circumstances leading up to the event.
2. Mission objective
a. A statement of task and purpose.
3. Deployment Information
a. List the sworn employees that are assigned to the Incident Command System.
b. Resources deployed:
(3) Technical advisors in areas such as computers,
(4) Crime analysis detectives, Criminal intelligence personnel.
4. Chronological summary of the incident
a. Document all actions from the beginning of the incident to the stand-down procedures. List personnel in order that they were relieved.
b. If an operational order was written for a planned event attach it to the After-Action Report.
c. Attach relevant maps, floor plans, etc.
d. List outside agencies that assisted in the operation, their supervisor’s identifying information and number of personnel.
a. Document any arrests. Include the reason for the arrest and the corresponding General Offense Number.
b. Reference generally whether any force was necessary to effect the mission. Uses of force shall be reported and investigated pursuant to Manual Section 8.300.
6. Noteworthy situations, events and circumstances.
a. The name of the person assigned to coordinate the logistics for the incident.
b. Property accountability - identify equipment, vehicles, and supplies used for the event.
c. Whether a relief and rotation schedule was used and how it was implemented.
d. Description of food service provided to personnel.
e. Method used to restock supplies.
8. Communications plan lists which forms of communications were used. Include whether a tactical frequency was used and if it was monitored.
a. The purpose of the critique is to identify any appropriate training, equipment, or planning and to recognize those actions that proved effective. Recommendations to improve the Department’s response to future events shall also be included in the critique.
b. An After-Action Report should be an objective and fact-based assessment. Speculation, vague or unproductive criticism and/or unfocused grievances, which cannot reasonably be redressed, have no place in an After-Action Report. It is important to remember that an After-Action Report may be subject to a Public Disclosure Request and is certainly subject to judicial discovery.
A. The original After-Action Report shall be maintained at SPOC.
B. A copy of the After-Action Report shall be filed with the Precinct of occurrence.
IV. Seattle Police Department/Seattle Fire Department Post Incident Analysis
A. Whenever SPD and SFD personnel respond to an incident and function as a unified command or under the command of one or the other agency a Post Incident Analysis/Debrief will occur concluding the incident.
1. The Incident Commander should schedule a debriefing and notify all involved personnel.
a. Issues should be addressed and documented during the immediate debrief and forwarded through each chain of command to the level of Shift Commander.
b. It will be the responsibility of the Shift Commander or designee to coordinate any follow-up debrief or issues that need to be addressed.
c. If SPD/SFD cannot resolve an issue then it will be directed to the designated department liaison for further resolution.
B. Report Format
1. Follow the Report Format section stated previously in this chapter.
2. Additional concerns to be addressed would be:
a. Summarize how each agency received the call for service and the initial steps, taken in response to the incident.
b. Notification, communication, tactical response and demobilization.
1. After a debriefing a copy of the After-Action Report will be completed and forwarded to each department’s Incident Commander. The Incident Commanders will ensure a copy of the report is forwarded to their respective Shift Commanders.
a. It will be the responsibility of the shift commander or designee to coordinate the follow-up.