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.
Organized through social media, they gather in masses with the blatant intent to steal. Watch this reality footage as Betsy Brantner Smith reviews what to consider when responding to criminal flash mobs.