Know Your A's and I's

The biggest reason why we produce an after action report is to share the lessons learned to prepare for the future. Sharing our learning curve is very important today.


It is incumbent that we inspire others to take on the demands of the next operation. The old days of ‘I handled mine and you handle yours’ is over with and this line of thinking is destroying the very spirit of cooperation between all of the emergency services, it must end now. I am not saying put a positive spin on everything. There are some problems that you cannot dress up and pass off. Sometimes, we must roll up our sleeves and invest some sweat equity into fixing it once and for all, and then we can praise our work but only after it is completed.

Your after action report should be a living breathing document. It will serve as a product and a resource for the future leaders to see how we got to the level of success that we enjoy every day.

About The Author:

William L. "Bill" Harvey is a native Virginian. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. He has a BA in criminology from St. Leo University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville (103rd AOC). Harvey served for over 23 years with the Savannah (GA) Police Department. He served in field operations, investigations and support services, and completed his career there as the director of training. He has published several articles in professional periodicals and has lectured nationwide. He is serving as a chief of police in central Pennsylvania area; a duty he’s performed for the past nine years. He is on the advisory board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and other professional associations.

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