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Civil Unrest 2017

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did some research and they sought out Geoff Perrin of Survival Edge Tactical Systems Inc. (www.survivaledgetac- tical.com). Perrin, a naturalized U.S. citizen from England, is a veteran of nu- merous riots in Northern Ireland and in metropolitan London, where he served as a law enforcement officer. And as you can read on page 6, he believes Ameri- can law enforcement agencies need to modify their approach to crowd and riot control to add elements of the tac- tics and equipment used in the United Kingdom. LEVELS OF RESPONSE Carroll returned after taking the train- ing at Perrin's Salt Lake City facility to reorganize the way the MSP approaches civil unrest. He also brought in Perrin to conduct specialized training. e MSP public order response team is still called a mobile field force, but it is now organized into three levels of train- ing and responsibility. ere are 300 MSP troopers, not including command personnel, trained in public order re- sponse and assigned to the unit as part of their duties. ey're broken down 14 S P E C I A L R E P O R T: C I V I L U N R E S T B ack in 2015 after its experi- ence in the Baltimore riots sparked by the in-custody death of Freddie Gray, the Maryland State Police mo- bile field force team knew it was time to make some changes in its response to civil unrest. First Sergeant Richard Carroll says the MSP sent about 500 officers to Bal- timore to work the riots. ey were pri- marily assigned to guard and protect the city's infrastructure working with National Guard units. What Carroll saw in Baltimore convinced him that the tactics and organization of the MSP's mobile field force needed to evolve to meet the challenges presented by pos- sible future riots. "After two or three days of the unrest that we experienced in Baltimore, I just felt there had to be a better way to de- escalate these types of incidents. Up to that point our team hadn't been tested in that way. Once you're battle tested like that, it can change your philoso- phy," Carroll says. Working with Montgomery County Police lieutenant Pete Davidov, Carroll PHOTOS: GEOFF PERRIN into 14 platoons, with two of those pla- toons trained to the highest standard. On the MSP mobile field force, the highest standard of training is Level 1 and the lowest standard is Level 3. All MSP troopers receive Level 3 pub- lic order training, which consists of eight hours of training in such topics as crowd dynamics, crowd behavior, legal considerations, and how to de-escalate tense situations. Level 3 officers stand the line in patrol uniforms, show pres- ence, and maintain order during peace- ful protests. When things get more tense and dangerous, the MSP's Level 2 public order officers, who are members of the mobile field force, are sent in. ey re- ceive 24 hours of training in crowd con- trol, including how to work in basic riot gear. en if things get violent, the Level 1 officers are deployed. Level 1 officers receive all the train- ing received by the other levels of offi- cers plus practical riot scenarios in full personal protective equipment (PPE), carrying all necessary equipment. MSP mobile field force officers who perform Level 1 public order operations learn to trust the protection of their impact- and AFTER THE FREDDIE GRAY RIOTS IN BALTIMORE, THE MARYLAND STATE POLICE UPDATED ITS CIVIL UNREST RESPONSE UNIT'S ORGANIZATION, TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, AND TACTICS. DAVID GRIFFITH THE MAKING OF A P All Maryland State Police troopers receive Level 3 public order training so they can aid in crowd control.

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