Transfer and Reassignment: An Important but Sometimes Risky Management Prerogative

Female officer wearing ballistic vest

One of the chief responsibilities of law enforcement managers is the deployment and assignment of police officers. To fight crime, respond to community needs, and ensure officer safety, an agency must assign to each of its sectors the proper number and type of officers. The chief of police has the overall responsibility for the operation of the agency, and making assignments is a management prerogative.