Evaluate the impact of discipline on the uniformed public services

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In the distinction criteria of this assignment I am going to be comparing the different public services and evaluating them by saying why discipline is needed and why it is so important within the public services, I will be backing my work up by showing evidence from real life case studies

Discipline is very important for anyone who is part of the Uniformed Public Services. Discipline is put in place to maintain order and to make sure that everyone works to the best of their abilities. All the services are organised in a similar way with a clear rank structure and clearly defined roles and responsibilities, which all rely on discipline to work effectively.

One of the services that need to be disciplined is the Paramedic's service
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As an article says “We need to return to the basics where discipline is at the core of what we are doing. Over the years, the image of the police has been tainted by some within the force who have failed to carry themselves with dignity, but what I say is that we can’t enforce the laws of this land if we are not disciplined.” this shows how police discipline needs to be taken seriously.
Every service has a different way of applying discipline, for example the police service do a drill, marching builds a sense of discipline, team work and a sense of pride in appearance. Training programmes stop you thinking like a civilian and start you thinking properly like the police force should and the drill is an important part of that helping to break down certain barriers. This is important as the police are always out on patrol and need to be discipline more than the paramedic and fire service.

All methods of discipline are effective. Some methods are more effective than others which means the levels of discipline are different throughout the services. For example discipline is stricter in the armed forced because they have weapons and other dangerous equipment, if they do something wrong it can affect the whole team not just an individual, it can be serious like life threatening. The ambulance services are not as strict as armed


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