Policing Matters Podcast: How cops can prepare for riots

Doug and Jim discuss how police leaders can prepare for the worst, which could be just one controversial incident away


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As we have recently seen in Minneapolis, Louisville and Los Angeles, a city can be torn apart overnight by looting, arson, and violence if a peaceful protest devolves into rioting and mayhem. Even in cities where police-community relations are good, there are often outside agitators who suddenly appear in town to cause chaos. Doug and Jim, after September 2016 riots in Charlotte (N.C.), discuss how police leaders can prepare their community, department and police officers for civil unrest, which could be just one controversial incident away at any moment. Their conversation is as relevant today as it was then. 

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This article, originally published September 23, 2016, has been updated. The podcast has not been edited. 

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