POLICE Magazine

OCT 2018

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PoliceMag.com 37 NEED EQUIPMENT? GOVERNMENT LEASING, LLC (800) 822-8070 www.gleasing.com Email: TomW@Gleasing.com Budget • Pricing • Timing Problem? WE CAN DO IT NOW! Simple Documentation You have PRE-APPROVED CREDIT WEAPONRY I METAL DETECTORS I TASERS I COMPUTERS I VEHICLES BODY ARMOR I COPIERS I COMMUNICATIONS I SOFTWARE When acquiring PPE and gear for your team, be aware that not all equipment is equal. One ocer injured is one ocer too many. USING FORCE Some may argue that with the types of threats mentioned above, we should have the ability and the right to use a higher lev- el of force. •is can be a controversial sub- ject where emotion can steer decisions. A stalemate and frustrations with the crowd can result in the use of multiple types of crowd dispersal munitions that can cause unnecessary punishment to whole com- munities or attendees at events. Tear gas/OC is commonly the fallback option for dispersing most protests that have turned into a state of disorder. •is has pros and cons. Yes, it can be e‚ective. Yes, it can disperse some members of a crowd. However, it can be detrimental to those who are not committing o‚enses who are inadvertently caught up in a loca- tion where disorder is nearby and those munitions have been used. It can a‚ect unprotected ocers. It can cause alarm and distress to children and the elderly who may have breathing diculties. And it can also cost an agency or city …nan- cially due to decontamination and civil lawsuits. •ere are some agencies world- wide that have moved away from this type of munition in favor of the dynamic action of small team tactics. Some of the modern less-than-lethal weapon systems available to law enforce- ment for crowd control in violent situa- tions can be extremely e‚ective. But pro- …ciency through training is essential, and such weapon systems need to be highly accurate and used only against individu- als committing violent o‚enses who we intend to arrest. A policy of indiscriminate targeting of a crowd is unacceptable in today's polic- ing practices. All ocers should remem- ber that every action they take will be re- corded by either the media or individual citizens. Public order in the 21st century must evolve from the lessons learned in the past century where some inappropri- ate action by poorly trained ocers re- sulted in negative views of how the police dealt with minority groups protesting un- der their First Amendment right. We must get better at separating anar- chists and violent agitators from peaceful protestors who are following the law and facilitate the ability for peaceful protes- tors to protest safely and without fear of retribution from police and federal agen- cies. We must also accept that we need specially trained and specially equipped public order ocers to deal with the ever- increasing workload of protests now hap- pening nationwide. Training and equip- ment must be improved to protect both ocers and the citizens during this de- manding time. Geo Perrin is former British Army and a London Metropolitan Police Ocer who served as a Public Order Level 1 ocer and instructor. He is now a U.S. citizen and a partner in Survival Edge Tactical Systems Inc. (survivaledgetactical.com), training ocers in the U.S. in public order response.

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