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FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin - August 2012

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin - August 2012

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Published by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
Crowd control, protesters, and police
Crowd control, protesters, and police

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Categories:Types, Research, Law
Published by: A.J. MacDonald, Jr. on Aug 15, 2012
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August 2012
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Crowd Management 
Adopting a New Paradigm 
anaging crowds is oneof the most importanttasks police perform.Whether or not members of thepublic agree with this practice,they often judge how well lawenforcement of 
cers achievethis—if it is done fairly andeffectively. Of course, of 
cersshould treat everyone withrespect and courtesy withoutregard to race, gender, na-tional origin, political beliefs,religious practice, sexual ori-entation, or economic status.Although perhaps daunting, theprimary function of police isrelational, whether they respondto a domestic dispute, investi-gate a crime, enforce a traf 
cregulation, or handle a crowd.Once of 
cers understand this,they will
nd it easier to deter-mine what to do and how todo it.
Lessons Learned
Studied by law enforcementfor at least 40 years, crowdcontrol is important due to thedangers posed by unruly gather-ings. To this end, it proves fairto ask whether police leadersdo all they can to share lessonslearned and incorporate bestpractices into crowd manage-ment philosophy, training, andtactics.As a young police of 
cerin Madison, Wisconsin, in the1970s, the author experiencedthe Vietnam War’s aftermathat home and the eruptions of student unrest. A state capitaland home to a major university,

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