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The Crowd Control topic focuses in on the difficult task of controlling large groups of people with a limited number of officers and resources. The articles and tips in this section focus on strategies 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 or a large sports team wins a championship and the celebration spills to the streets.
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December 16, 2014
How police can manage stress levels during mob-like situations American Military University - In Public Safety

How police can manage stress levels during mob-like situations

The pressure-cooker environment that law enforcement officers face during lawlessness and rioting can have long-lasting mental health consequences - Full Story
November 26, 2014
9 good and bad crowd control lessons from Ferguson's riots Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

9 good and bad crowd control lessons from Ferguson's riots

Riots are inherently unpredictable, so it should be no surprise that there were some things that went well, and others that didn’t go quite as well - Full Story
November 26, 2014
Ferguson lessons: A model of police, fire, and EMS teamwork Richard Fairburn - Law Enforcement Firearms

Ferguson lessons: A model of police, fire, and EMS teamwork

If rioting involves businesses being looted and burned, our brothers and sisters in the big red trucks will be summoned — and any FD or EMS response in the hot zone will require a dedicated police presence to protect the responders - Full Story
November 24, 2014
Ferguson decision: Officer Wilson a victim of Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

Ferguson decision: Officer Wilson a victim of "they"

Wilson stands with the "they" of the hatred of cops by some and the love and respect of cops by others - Full Story
November 24, 2014
Why Officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Why Officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted

A cop may use lethal force when he or she “reasonably believes that the action is in defense of human life, including the officer's own life” and in the Ferguson incident, that’s precisely what happened - Full Story
August 20, 2014
5 reminders for police command post operations following Ferguson Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

5 reminders for police command post operations following Ferguson

Planning is critical to success in establishing a command post, so take a look around your world and consider your options - Full Story
July 16, 2013
A simple recipe for successful crowd-control efforts Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

A simple recipe for successful crowd-control efforts

Has your agency done the necessary planning for large-scale crowd control, or is there a pervasive “it can’t happen here” mindset? - Full Story
December 28, 2012
2012 in Review: 12 lasting impressions Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

2012 in Review: 12 lasting impressions

To say that this has been a difficult year is an understatement of impossible proportion - Full Story
May 28, 2012
The NATO Conference: 'A job well done!' Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

The NATO Conference: 'A job well done!'

Chicago police chose to control this crowd by their physical presence rather than with chemical munitions, a decision that was made by commanders on scene - Full Story
May 20, 2012
Observe Occupy: Watch the tactical evolution of their 'revolution' Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Observe Occupy: Watch the tactical evolution of their 'revolution'

During the NATO Summit, Chicago law enforcers are facing the cutting edge of what the Occupy Wall Street Movement call 'a revolution' - Full Story



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