“In the field of observation, the chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur
Observation, which is typically understood as the power to perceive details that pertain to people, place, time, contexts or facts, through the help of our five senses, is an indispensable part in law enforcement.
From detecting law and order violations to identifying the violators, everything in the realm of law enforcement is observance based. Observations play a significant role in the implementation of the law as it is central to the entire investigation process, which ultimately leads to the truth.
Although frequently overlooked, exceptional observational skills are fundamental to performing law enforcement duties and imparting justice. Once a police officer acquires this art of observation, it gets installed in his auto-behavioral patterns. No particular attention is to be paid to being observant later on; it gets imbibed into the sub-conscious.
In this post, we will discuss how the law-enforcement officers can master this art of observing!
Live In The Present
All of us land into different time zones in our thoughts, and that’s pretty casual. But a police officer must train the mind to live in the present and observe what all is happening around without diving into the past or the future.
Whether on patrolling or just moving around off-duty, the vigilance is a must. It comes with time, and with the mind training. But once you become an active observer, things would start falling into place on their own.
Familiarize Yourself With The Area And Situations
Every time you solve a case, ask yourself of what triggered the pace of the case. You should know at the end of the case addressing, about the observational skills that helped you conclude. Next time, such case would show up; you would know beforehand of how to reach the culprit.
Also, observe extensively the area in which you are serving. If anything happens, tracking the criminal would be more comfortable if you know the city and the topography.
Look Out For The Differences
Search for all the unusual things going on around you. This way you may end up saving some lives or may even prevent some crime from happening. Evaluate the behavioral patterns of people around you, and in some time your mind would get trained for the same.
Check out keenly while on patrol. There are an innumerable number of cases that could have been avoided with a little amount of vigilance.
The Generalities In The Observation
Study the pitch of the voices to get a note of the various emotions. Tones are the hidden expressions that would let you know about the thoughts the person next to you might be carrying. The observational skills help you stay calm under stress and thereby, make the case solving a smoother affair.
Check out for the impressions that people set with their presence. These impressions might be mental, physical or conscious. Observe the marks, if any visible. The work that the person does, leave behind some marks or scars that can be evaluated to come up to some conclusion.
The observation is an excellent way for the police officials and the law enforcement agencies to come up with the solution in-time and with lesser efforts.
The intelligence of the police officer shows up, in the way he observes and evaluates those observations, to solve great mysteries!