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Crowd Control

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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August 14, 2013

Police cars set on fire during protests in Egypt

Protesters in Cairo set police vehicles on fire as security forces attempted to clear out the crowds.
August 12, 2013

Protesters clash with police in Belfast

Reports indicate at least 26 officers were injured during the protest.
July 29, 2013

Huge brawl erupts at surfing competition, 8 arrested

When officers tried to break up the enormous fight, the mob surged downtown, vandalizing property and looting
July 23, 2013

Protesters clash with police as Pope visits Brazil

Hundreds of protesters have clashed with police on Monday after Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro. The anger was provoked by the $53 million price tag of the papal visit to the city.
July 18, 2013

Police fire non-lethal rounds at Zimmerman trial protesters

Police attempt to control crowd at Zimmerman protest.
July 09, 2013

Crowd Control: Bicycles Secure - Login Required

See how bicycle officers can be an invaluable asset as you watch Betsy Brantner-Smith discuss tactics for crowd control with two such officers.
Crowd Control: Bicycles
June 03, 2013

Ariz. police take down resisting suspect as crowd heckles

A video that surfaced on Youtube Saturday of an arrest is getting heat for the actions of the officers involved
April 30, 2013

Crowd Control: SUV Running Boards Secure - Login Required

Deployment upon approach to a crowd-control incident can be difficult, but Mike Janin talks about a possible solution utliizing running boards on a response vehicle to quickly deploy officers.
Crowd Control: SUV Running Boards
April 16, 2013

Dealing with Flash Mobs

Don Alwes describes the trend of flash mobs - large groups of people committing thefts - that overwhelm police, and the training that needs to be put in place to prevent this from becoming a larger problem.



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