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Crowd control

The Crowd Control topic focuses on the difficult task of controlling large groups of people with a limited number of police officers and resources. The police crowd control articles and tips in this section focus on strategy, policy, planning and tactics that can help quell a riled-up crowd and riot gear — helmets and shields — that will keep them safe in the process.


Law enforcement must be prepared for the worst when a controversial verdict is read, protestors become violent or a sports team wins a championship and the celebration spills to the streets.

When policing in a crowd, employ tactics that are well-trained, effective and consistently present you in a positive light
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Communication with organizers before, during and after events can help head off problems
“These announcements will allow police officers, whose lives were upended by the indictments, to return to their services to our community,” said Austin Mayor Kirk Watson
The Philadelphia Police Department cruiser was flipped over and then set on fire during a protest over the death of George Floyd
Designed as a revolutionary advance in riot armor, the NovaSteel Breastplate is an up-armorable plate carrier capable of stopping a full spectrum of threats
“We have encountered things like this before but never to this level of dangerousness,” Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said
At least $10M will be paid in the city’s highest per-person settlement in a mass arrest class-action lawsuit
Automated less-lethal technologies may relieve officers of their most difficult decisions
Your eyesight may be at risk – do you know what to do in a laser incident?
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The bill wouldn’t prevent search and rescue, explosives detection and narcotics detection that do not involve biting