Proactively policing order will always be preferable to reactively policing
disorder. At Densus our experience has shown us that a de-escalated approach and
cooperation with organisers can ensure public events pass off safely and peacefully.
On those occasions where disorder does arise effective tactics and a thorough understanding
of crowd behaviour can restore order quickly and effectively with minimum risk to
personnel, protestors and the public. Swift but considered de-escalation can then
return the situation to normality as quickly as possible.
are selected from the best in their field globally. They are selected not only on
the basis of their ability as instructors but also on their vast operational experience.
Largely drawn from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the British Army’s Royal
Irish Regiment and the German State Police Standby units they are veterans of policing
contentious crowd events in some of the most difficult conditions in the world.
In recent years there has been a tendency in many countries
to try to resolve violent disorder largely through the use of less lethal weapons.
This approach can create as many problems as it solves. Injuries from direct impact
weapons provide a useful tool for anti-police propaganda, CS gas and irritant sprays
effect members of the crowd not involved in the violence and leave those people
angry with the police.
Injuries from less lethal weapons, the incorrect application
of force and mass arrests all create the conditions for costly legal claims and
cause damage to the reputation of the organisation involved.
The tactics we teach
for dealing with violent disorder are all based on comprehensive research into crowd
behaviour and crowd dynamics and are tried and tested in some of the most violent
rioting in the world.
They take advantage of certain aspects of crowd behaviour
that allow us to deal with violent protestors using a lower level of force and greatly
reduce the requirement to use less lethal weapons.
The range of tactics, techniques
and procedures taught allow those trained to competently deal with all levels of
crowd management from compliant peaceful protests and non-violent direct action
protests through to violent rioting, including the use of Molotov cocktails and
other weapons, right up to rioters using firearms.
We place a great deal of emphasis
on the procedures for the arrest of violent offenders and their successful prosecution
as our experience has shown us that convicting those involved in violent disorder
is the most effective deterrent to violent disorder in the future.
All of the tactics, techniques and procedures taught are human rights compliant and respect for the
right to peacefully protest is at the core of everything we do. This is done without
exposing officers or the public to unnecessary risks or allowing situations to spiral
out of control. By using tactics that deal with the violent minority while minimising
the effect on peaceful protestors we aim to create a safe environment for all those
At Densus we do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach
to training. The operational context, equipment, experience and culture of each
individual client will dictate the type and level of training required. We do this
through conducting an exhaustive training needs analysis and liaising with stakeholders
at all levels of the rank structure to understand your problems and needs. A training
plan is then jointly agreed between the project manager and the client all of which
ensures that the client receives the best support and training possible.
At Densus we offer training in all aspects of crowd management and OOTW.
|Command and Control||Tactical Training||Arrest Team Tactics
|Evidence Gathering ||Water Cannon||Prison Public Order Skills
|Major Event Planning ||Public Order Medic||Lock-On Training
We offer a ‘train the trainer’ solution for larger organisations through
the provision of a Public Order Instructors’ Course followed by the mentoring of
the newly trained instructors.
Our support is enduring beyond training events. We provide a wide range of services to support
operations on an ongoing basis: Strategic Event Planning – Our staff have extensive
experience of planning and operations at large scale events including G8 conferences
and international sporting events, including Olympic Games. We can provide planning
support, advise contingency planning, red team plans and deliver advice on the training
and procurement required for the event.
Tactical advice – We provide qualified,
experienced tactical advisors to support commanders in control rooms and in the
field during operations. These advisors complement the existing chain of command
and provide a second expert perspective to the planning process and the operational
and tactical options available.
Remote tactical advice – Disorder events can occur
unexpectedly. Our advisors provide immediate remote tactical and planning advice
until despatched advisors arrive or the situation stabilises.
Procurement support – There is a wide array of public order equipment and less lethal weaponry available.
With their international experience the staff has the systems-based and equipment
experience to ensure that the equipments procured meet the task and integrate properly
with the public order capability.
Our independent and impartial advice ensures the
fulfilment of your specific requirements, a neat fit your operating environment
The Densus Groups Threat Centre
produces the Demonstration Report and Threat Analysis. The DRTA is produced for
law enforcement and other organizations that have a vested interest in protestor
and demonstration-related threats and management. The report is published on a bi-weekly
basis and provides a synopsis of events that took place, commentary and where appropriate
recommendations about countering current and developing threats.
If you are interested
in receiving the report please contact us at DemonstratorThreat@densusgroup.com