PD Makes Cops Sign Agreement To Follow Orders Amid Accusations Of Illegal Orders

Collegedale police officers have been asked to sign off on a document promising they will follow orders they receive.

Collegedale, TN – The City of Collegedale has requested all members of its police force to sign a document indicating they have agreed to “follow orders” regardless of the officer’s “generational beliefs.”

The simplistic document bizarrely singled out a requirement most organizations have.

“I…understand that I am voluntarily joining an organization [Collegedale Police Department] that is para-military in its very nature, and as part of our Nation’s domestic defense force where I am given orders to follow and I may also be tasked with giving orders as well from time to time,” the document read.

Officers must acknowledge that they are “part of a uniformed chain-of-command,” and that they “work for and report to the City Manager, Chief of Police, and the remaining supervisory rank structure of the City of Collegedale Police Department,” according to the document.

It also informed officers that they should expect to be given orders by supervisors on a regular basis.

“I accept and agree to the fact that I am to receive and follow orders and directives perhaps on a daily basis regardless of my generational beliefs and values as this is simply part of the job I am applying for and desire and/or hold,” the document read.

By signing the document, officers also acknowledged that no one had forced them to do so.

“I agree to these terms of employment of my own free will and understand I am bound in the performance of my duties regarding them as I accept and maintain my employment with the Collegedale Police Department,” the form read.

The department has not responded to requests for comment regarding why the written agreement was created, WTVC reported.

The document was generated in the midst of an ongoing Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) investigation into the department’s alleged use of an illegal quota system.

In the past several months, the Collegedale assistant police chief resigned and three of the city’s police officers were fired, WTVC reported.

The department has lost a total of eight officers since July, according to WRCB.

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61mouse
61mouse

I'd sign it FUCK YOU then drop the mic( pen) . Plenty more cities looking for good cops

floridacop
floridacop

ok something is not right here. i would be willing to bet the officers know what their job is, how to do their jobs, and the chain of command. What is the real reasoning behind this?

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Admin just skirts this by saying there is no "quota", just an "expectation". Been there.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Huh? So officers need to agree to follow orders from their superiors? Isn't that part of the job?

I mean, maybe the city is saying the officers need to follow illegal orders, because that is how chain of command works? I mean, not to state the obvious, but if you don't want to follow the rules (including following the chief's orders), there is the door.

There has to be more to this "agreement."

JBo
JBo

Even military personnel are not required to follow illegal orders and, in fact, are obligated to not obey illegal orders.

I agree with the others...more going on here than a new policy.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

LOL, I mean if these cops want to act like they're military, then go all the way with it. I applaud the effort. Shut the fuck up and follow the orders handed to you.

Now if only departments would leave home for 6-12 months every 2-3 years, I just may come around to respecting them as paramilitary.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I don't see a problem with it. An illegal contract is invalid. Therefore, it is implied that any orders the officers receive will be lawful. It's a given.

As an example, if you sign a contract with someone to do an illegal act, and you fail to do so, you will not be found guilty of contract violations.

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Lawful Orders consistent with the US Constitution....

tkshields
tkshields

not forced to sign really and if they don't do they still get the job

unholyone
unholyone

I believe this stupid policy is from the Fairfax Co., VA firing of a PO following his oath. Click on below article. So, if a numbskull superior tells you to arrest someone falsely, and you do, the superior will be taken to task? No, it's the officer's name on the arrest form. Even in the military there are redresses for not obeying an illegal order.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

I guess your oath isn't enough anymore.

Inthegarge
Inthegarge

Even in the Military you are NOT required to follow UNLAWFUL orders from anyone !! Sounds like they don't want cops finding out HOW DIRTY they are ! We swear an oath to UPHOLD the CONSTITUTION NOT local Politicians....

RavenWillow
RavenWillow

Something stinks in Denmark. That's for sure!

Blue6287
Blue6287

Where I the part about illegal orders? Generational differences read like the Millennials don't want to follow orders. In the age of participation trophies and no such thing as winners and losers, these snowflakes are afraid of getting their feelings hurt by being told what to do.