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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.

How innovative solutions and best practices can enhance coordination, maintain public safety and foster harmony during periods of heightened tension
Exploring the ever-growing array of options and implements that promise to restore order to out-of-control situations
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The incident occurred during a chaotic protest over the construction of a new homeless shelter in the council member’s district
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A reserve San Jose PD officer was trying to reach an injured person when “his patrol car was overrun by spectators who prevented him from providing aid”
The cost of public safety for NFL games increased due to a 2018 public safety audit and a 2020 officer pay increase to double time for security details
The standard for whether speech is protected has evolved to provide more protection
Officers have received fresh de-escalation training, while about 3,000 officers are undergoing specialized training to “respond directly to civil unrest and the possibility of riots”
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A review of the effective strategies and calm professionalism of police forces nationwide in managing recent civil disturbances
Police should understand that protesting is no longer relegated to a lone spot on the map, but could emerge almost anywhere
Host cities for the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2026 like Atlanta are leveraging federal, state and local partnerships to strengthen riot control units, foster technology collaboration and implement joint intelligence gathering
“Those involved utilized chains, barrels and pipes to chain themselves together and block the roadway.”
Firing your weapon to stop an imminent deadly threat may be the most difficult decision you ever have to make
The Portland City Council on Wednesday approved a 6% salary increase for officers who join the Public Order Team in the Portland Police Bureau
Unraveling the strategy and impact of protesters using “sleeping dragons,” and the nuanced law enforcement approaches to safely manage these challenges
When policing in a crowd, employ tactics that are well-trained, effective and consistently present you in a positive light
“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
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“We have encountered things like this before but never to this level of dangerousness,” Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said
Communication with organizers before, during and after events can help head off problems
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
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The bill wouldn’t prevent search and rescue, explosives detection and narcotics detection that do not involve biting