Mock Prison Riot - After action report
The Michigan Department of Corrections Emergency Response Team attends the Mock Prison Riot every year.
Capt Richard McCall, commnder of the Michigan Department of Corrections Team shares his account:
The team marched to the East door of the chow hall. Capt. McCall gave orders to the volatile prisoners instructing the prisoners to surrender or force will be used against them. The prisoners refused, two distraction devices were deployed and the team charged the doors.
Four of the prisoners used table as shields and barricaded themselves in the right hand corner of the chow hall. The team focused half of their forces on the group barricaded and the remainder of the team held the rest of the rioting prisoners at bay with the use of baton and pepper ball launchers.
The prisoners were given direction that failure to comply with orders to give themselves up would result in the use of deadly force. The four barricaded prisoners, after being contaminated with chemical agents, lay on the floor and surrendered to the team.
The team reconvened in the center of the chow hall and marched forward pushing the remainder of the prisoners in to the back wall. The prisoners were forced in to compliance, restrained and escorted out of the chow hall.
The team marched in to J block using two distraction devices to create a diversion for their entry. Once inside, the unit three member of the tactical team assaulted the first gallery providing lethal and less lethal coverage for the remainder of the team assaulting the main floor. The Shield squad pushed the prisoner to the back of the unit, and most of them returning to their cell as they were pushed back.
One of the prisoners was armed and had to be restrained in his cell. A five person extraction team was within the initial assault and addressed that prisoner.
Wed. May 9 0830 hrs:
The team marched in and entered on the North end of the unit pushing prisoner back in to their cells as they progressed. The last prisoner to comply was armed with a knife. Several pepper ball rounds were deployed and the prisoner retreated to his cell. The extraction team was assembled at the door and was able to restrain the prisoner.
Many of the Michigan Emergency Response Team had to return to regular duties after the Scenario’s were completed. However 14 of our member stayed in West Virginia to compete in the skills competition.
This group included 7 female members who collectively formed an all-female team to compete. This is the third year or female team member have assembled to compete on a more challenging level. It is an excellent opportunity to develop team work both with the female team and in the entire team.
Thurs. May 10 0900 hrs:
This event included the competition “Disassembling the Duty Pistol” — Competitors have to run out of the South gate and around the outer perimeter of the prison, re-enter the South gate, proceeding through each of the obstacles on the obstacle course, fire three rounds from an FX carbine, and the return to the shoot house to re-assemble the duty handgun and fire five rounds on target.
Thurs. May 10 1300 hrs:
“The Bullseye” — Five team members fire 12 rounds each from their duty handgun at targets set fifteen yards away. On the start signal, each team member fires all twelve rounds and the time stops when the last team member is done. Targets are scored and the top and bottom score are divided by the time for the team score.
Fri. May 11 1100 hrs:
Fri. May 11 1300 hrs:
Fri. May 11 1830 hrs:
We also tested the Disturbance Resolution Suits from Red Man. These suits provide mobility and protection that is very crucial to the tactical teams. We will be providing documentation to our department in an attempt to expand our use of this equipment.
The skills competition is always a very good opportunity to test our physical skills and abilities under stressful situation. Michigan team was 5th overall this year. It was our best standing yet, and we will continue to learn and improve.
Each of the scenarios gives us an opportunity to tests our tactical planning and training content. Each year we learn what our weak and strong points are.
This is my fourth year participating as the commander or team leader of the Michigan team in the Mock Riot program, and I look forward to the opportunity to learn and grow each year.
I spend weeks watching the video and looking at the picture in an attempt to develop tactical planning and the need for the improvement of safety and effectiveness for the team. Our team has no other venue to practice on this level. For these types of deployments, this practice is crucial. Our practice of participating in the Mock Riots has become an invaluable tool in team and member development.
We will continue to evaluate this year’s event until we can be tested on what we learned this year at next year's competition.
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