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The trip to Alabama was an excellent training opportunity and it allowed our team to not only grow and improve operationally, but to also bond as a team. This team has begun to resemble a special team of equipped and trained officers. Major equipment and communication issues have been resolved and training is becoming more frequent. The trip to Alabama was an opportunity that many of us appreciate. You took 59 cops far from home and afforded them a great training opportunity. The entire trip was a success without a single problem and everyone advanced their skills. James Petrik; Sergeant; Hatboro Police Department; Pennsylvania;

Target Audience/Disciplines

Law Enforcement

Overview

Field Force Operations (FFO) is a three-day course providing state and local law enforcement personnel the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for and successfully mitigate threat incidents involving civil disorder. FFO combines classroom instruction with practical exercises that afford responders the opportunity to practice concepts and tactics in a controlled environment. Activities included in this course are mass arrest procedures, team tactics, demonstrator tactics, crowd dynamics and mob behavior, use of riot control agents and less lethal munitions, and the employment of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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

  • Understand how the First, Fourth, Eight 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 (MFF) team while conducting dismounted crowd control operations with and without personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Select for use, based on the liabilities and limitations of each, the best riot control agents and less lethal munitions.

Course Length

3.0 days

Course Code

PER-200

Additional Requirements

Students must have the ability to march 100 yards, lift 185 pounds with assistance, kneel on one knee, run 20 yards intermittently, stand for long periods of time (approximately 3 hours), shout commands, and don, properly seal, and doff an air purifying respirator.

Continuing Education Credits

  • The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 2.4 CEUs for this program.
  • Police Officer Standards and Training (POST; approved per 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.