Story and photos by: Sgt. Jerry Wilson
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Easy does it: Troopers from the Military Police Platoon of the 2d Cavalry Regiment stave off would be attackers during a riot simulation exercise held Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Rose Barracks. The exercise was part of ongoing police training in the methods of crowd control.
VILSECK, Germany – Night sticks and riot shields were the uniform of the day as Dragoons from the Military Police platoon of the 2d Cavalry Regiment conducted crowd control and extraction training Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Rose Barracks.
“We are doing a crawl, walk, run approach to this training,” explained Staff Sgt. John Daust, the instructor for the course. “We started with basic blocks and strikes using batons and shields as well as crowd dynamics.”
Troopers learned how to identify aggressors as well as key leaders in a civil disturbance. Whether it is a peaceful demonstration or a riotous mob, military police understand how to react appropriately based on the type of crowd encountered. Participants viewed the seven different formations used by law enforcement to safely control a crowd. From those formations, extraction teams are able to subdue demonstrators that are more aggressive and remove them in the quickest and safest manner possible.
According to Daust, this training is part of basic law enforcement procedures used by both civilian and military police agencies. It is his hope that training like this will better prepare his students for any situation they may encounter throughout their law enforcement careers.
Ready: Troopers from the Military Police Platoon of the 2d Cavalry Regiment demonstrate a diamond formation during a simulation exercise held Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Rose Barracks. The diamond is one of seven formations used by police during civil disturbance control operations.