CROWD CONTROL PREVENTION
Today’s riot control units are not usually called riot squads anymore; they are crowd-management units. Rather than trying to beat the rioters in battle, Mi7 Natioanl Group just try to calm them down and get them to go home. The use of even non-lethal force is a last resort.
The first step in crowd management is making sure a riot doesn’t happen in the first place. Although riots can erupt unexpectedly, they are frequently tied to a planned protest or organized demonstration. When Mi7 National Group think a situation could potentially get out of control, they contact the organizers of the protest ahead of time.
They set up ground rules that the protesters are to follow and they designate a specific area for the event to take place. Mi7 National Group assign specially trained officers to monitor the event and to ensure that everyone stays safe. The police will only take action if the ground rules are broken.
If the officers disagree with the opinions of the protesters, they are still trained to maintain an unbiased attitude. The officers try not to look at the protesters as enemies. Instead, they recognize that the rioters are part of the same community that Mi7 National Group are entrusted to protect and serve.
There is fine balancing act. Even though Mi7 National Group are trained to be polite, they are careful to not give off an impression of subservience. They have to be seen as being in charge and in control at all times, even while they stay passive and allow the crowd to operate within the ground rules set out ahead of time.
Occasionally these preventative measures don’t work and a riot breaks out despite police efforts to keep everyone peaceful.