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Assessing the Potential for Community Disorder - A Management Strategy

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 51 Issue: 4 Dated: (April 1982) Pages: 21-25
R J Brzeczek
Date Published
5 pages
A management strategy for police handling of community disorders in Chicago, based on an analysis of Miami's civil disorders of 1980, is outlined.
The Chicago Police Department's new disorder control plan includes two mobilization procedures -- one using available on-duty personnel, and the other describing the recall of off-duty personnel. Each mobilization plan has two phases to provide for an incremental buildup of police personnel. The response plan includes a treatment of various principles in disturbance control (e.g., the objective and offensive, maneuvers, etc.) and the characteristics of disturbance control operations (such as psychological factors in crowds and mobs). The plan also gives considerable attention to staff and command actions, information handling and effective communications, dispersal operations, disturbance control formation, and others. The department's inservice training program in emergency response has been established as a 3-day block of instruction. Courses include hostage barricade situations, weapons operations, and others. Significant emphasis is placed on police behavior, State statutes and departmental policy on the use of deadly force, and internal affairs operations. The department also has a community assessment center, which receives police reports on incidences of community unrest and tension in order to profile the degree of unrest in any community or neighborhood. Endnotes are supplied.