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.
Thanks to websites like Twitter and Facebook, more and more so-called flash mobs are materializing across the globe, leaving police scrambling to keep tabs on the spontaneous assemblies (AP Photo). Malicious intent?
As drunk hockey fans disillusioned from a Canucks loss rioted in Vancouver Wednesday night, a mob looted businesses and burned cars, including police cruisers. Police and riot police tried to control the angry crowd. (AP Photo)