Field Force Operations
FFO / PER-200
This course is offered as part of:
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/DisciplinesLaw Enforcement
OverviewThe 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.
To be eligible to attend the course, a student must:
- Have successfully completed AWR-160, Standardized Awareness Training;
- Have successfully completed IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System or any of the other ICS-100 series courses
- Have successfully completed IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
- 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