standard operating procedure

noun

Definition of standard operating procedure

: established or prescribed methods to be followed routinely for the performance of designated operations or in designated situations

called also standing operating procedure

Examples of standard operating procedure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gentry writes that Jaynes violated standard operating procedure with regards to preparation for search warrant execution and untruthfulness. Ganesh Setty, CNN, "Louisville police move to fire two detectives involved in Breonna Taylor raid," 29 Dec. 2020 That is standard operating procedure, but both sides were girding for possible breaks from protocol given Mr. Barr’s own statements about potential for fraud, which have echoed Mr. Trump’s. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "As Voting Nears End, Battle Intensifies Over Which Ballots Will Count," 2 Nov. 2020 That is standard operating procedure, but both sides were girding for possible breaks from protocol given Barr’s own statements about potential for fraud, which have echoed Trump’s. Star Tribune, "As voting ends, battle intensifies over which ballots will count," 2 Nov. 2020 Accommodations that had been broadly denied as burdensome or damaging to productivity suddenly became standard operating procedure. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, "Seeking clarity," 13 Oct. 2020 The new standard operating procedure, or SOP, for the department's K-9 unit will codify three criteria for when police dogs are called to a scene. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD announces planned changes to K-9 unit policies in effort to 'improve public safety'," 7 Oct. 2020 This has been a sort of standard operating procedure for the Saints offensively the past few seasons. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Second look: Where was the Saints pass rush? What about the downfield passing game?," 29 Sep. 2020 Torching standard operating procedure poses risks, as well. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres now the National League’s great unknown team after deadline deals," 8 Sep. 2020 According to a standard operating procedure on crowd control the commission approved in March, a civil disturbance is any group that has unlawfully assembled where there is the potential for collective violence or destruction. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police release video defending the six times officers used tear gas, pepper spray during recent protests," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of standard operating procedure

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Standard operating procedure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard%20operating%20procedure. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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