Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Riot

One of the things to remember about police work is that people are watching what we do all the time.  It is a good idea to keep this in mind and think about how things will look to casual observers.  In Missouri the police have been dealing with an on-going civil unrest problem.

Often on the news we see photos of police with armored vehicles and patrol rifles standing near a group of protesters.  What exactly are armored cars and officers with patrol rifles expected to do with a crowd of people who are not carrying guns?  Armored cars and officers with SWAT gear are not ideal for riot control.  It is better to stage them a few blocks away at a school, or other open space where they can respond quickly but stay out of direct view of the public and the protesters.

Riot police need helmets, face shields, riot shields, and riot weapons.  OC spray canisters, pepper ball guns, bean bag shotguns, and tear gas launchers are proper weapons along with other less lethal weapons.  These officers should set up a reasonable distance from the protestors and limit their involvement until the protest becomes unlawful; that's what the SGT Says.

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