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Target Audience/Disciplines

Law Enforcement


The three-day Field Force Operations course provides state and local law enforcement personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and control crowds and demonstrations. Responders learn critical-thinking and intuitive decision-making skills that support safe and responsive action in regaining order. Responders receive instruction in protest types and actions, legal considerations, responsibilities of mobile field force teams, and crowd-control methods. The course culminates in 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:

  • Understand how the First, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution relate to civil action/disorder.
  • Express the considerations and processes for conducting mass arrests during civil action/disorder.
  • Act as a member of an arrest team and remove an arrestee using both two- and four-officer carry techniques.
  • Serve as a member of a mobile field force team while conducting dismounted crowd-control operations with and without personal protective equipment.
  • Select for use, based on the liabilities and limitations of each, the best riot control agents.
  • Recognize the requirement for personal protective equipment, the four levels of protection and factors in selecting a level, the need and purpose of decontamination both wet and dry, and decontamination-planning and patient-management processes.
  • Illustrate the important points of communications planning, the role of the Public Information Officer, and the criticality of effective media relations during a mass casualty incident.

Course Length

3.0 days

Course Code


Additional Requirements

To be eligible to attend the course, a student must:

  1. Have successfully completed AWR-160, Standardized Awareness Training;
  2. Have successfully completed IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System or any of the other ICS-100 series courses
  3. Have successfully completed IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  4. Have the ability to lift 185 pounds with assistance; be physically capable of standing for long periods; be able to kneel on one knee; be able to shout commands; be able to walk and march for long periods; be able to run 20 yards intermittently; be able to don, properly seal, and doff an air-purifying respirator; and be able to employ a baton 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

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  • Image: Law enforcement officers discuss planning procedures as part of an incident management team during a civil action or disorder exercise.  CDP law enforcement courses also provide instruction regarding hazardous material related topics that include terrorist tactics and targeting, as well as hands-on training designed to show CBRNE-specific response skills.
  • Image: Law enforcement officers apprehend a simulated protester during a Field Force course at the CDP. Some CDP law enforcement courses focus on safely apprehending unlawful protesters during a civil disorder.
  • Image: Law enforcement officers don their gas mask after a simulated attack from a hostile crowd.  This course prepares law enforcement to successfully employ crowd control measures during civil disorders or a hazardous event.  CDP law enforcement courses also provide instruction regarding hazardous materials related topics that include terrorist tactics and targeting, as well as hands-on training designed to show CBRNE-specific response skills.