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Field Force Operations

FFO PER-200 24 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

Law Enforcement and Security Officers who require training and practice in mass-arrest procedures.


The three-day Field Force Operations (FFO) course provides law enforcement and security officers with instruction in protest types and actions, legal considerations, responsibilities of mobile field force teams, and crowd-control methods. The course culminates with a series of hands-on activities that allow responders to practice all of the learned skills (baton-holding positions, mass-arrest procedures, and riot-control formations) in a realistic context.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Identify considerations of a protest situation.
  • Use equipment to control crowds.
  • Execute positions in crowd-control squad formations.
  • Position yourself within a mass-arrest team to apprehend, search, and detain a subject.
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Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following courses:

Students must be physically capable of standing for long periods; walking and marching for long periods; employing a baton in the performance of crowd-control actions; and performing lifts and carries required in the performance of mass-arrest carries.

Exceptions to any of the above prerequisites may be granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the CDP Registrar.

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training IACET to offer 2.4 continuing education units for this program.

Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), if approved by the student's state: 24