Comprehensive Crowd Management Policy: A Necessity for Contemporary Law Enforcement

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2023-02

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Curtis, Brian

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Over the past decade, The United States has experienced an increase in both peaceful protests and deadly riots. Many of these protests are fueled by anti-police rhetoric and violence directly aimed toward officers. Surprisingly, numerous law enforcement departments have been unprepared to deal with these unique critical incidents. Based on historical trends and current societal dynamics, law enforcement agencies should have an evidence-based policy and training program for crowd management and civil unrest. The origins of modern crowd management strategies will be discussed, along with their benefits and limitations. The primary reasons for having a specific crowd management policy and training program, along with the most common dissenting viewpoints will be covered. Finally, several recommendations are provided for developing a comprehensive crowd management policy that will increase safety and reduce liability.

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Crowd Control, Crisis Management

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