Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rioting

An officer in Fergusen, MO shot and killed an unarmed 18 year old man.  Rioting ensued for days afterwards in the small town with of about 25,000.  They have about 55 officers.  Neighboring agencies have been called in every day to provide assistance.

In an instance like this it is best to call in as many outside agency officers as possible, especially after the first day of rioting.  The last thing you want is to have your own officers involved in a second major incident during the rioting. 

Have the home town officers remain in the background.  They can perform vital but secondary duties.  They should be partnered with officers from other agencies.  All calls for police service for at least a week after the shooting should result in at least two officers from the home agency and at least two more from a neighboring agency.  This will provide a show of force, protect against ambush, and provide the home officers with independent witnesses of their behavior.  Incidents like this are good reasons for interoperable radio systems and good mutual aid agreements; that's what the SGT Says.

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