U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Mobile Field Force Law Enforcement (Crowd Control Teams)
Category: Law Enforcement/Security
Kind: Team
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
(Metric)
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other
Equipment Protective Clothing

Protective Clothing;
Soft Body Armor (helmet and face shield, gloves, shin guards);
Fire-resistant clothing recommended

Protective Clothing;
Soft Body Armor (helmet and face shield, gloves, shin guards);
Fire- resistant clothing recommended

Protective Clothing;
Soft Body Armor (helmet and face shield, gloves, shin guards);
Fire-resistant clothing recommended

 

 
  Communication

Team Radio Communication Equipment (portable radios, extra batteries, battery charger, cellular phones)

Team Radio Communication Equipment (portable radios, extra batteries, battery charger, cellular phones)

Team Radio Communication Equipment (portable radios, extra batteries, battery charger, cellular phones)

 

 
  Respiratory Protection

NIOSH-approved protective mask

NIOSH-approved protective mask

NIOSH-approved protective mask

 

 
  Safety Equipment

Safety glasses; Ear protection (recommended); Fire extinguisher

Safety glasses; Ear protection (recommended); Fire extinguisher

Safety glasses; Ear protection (recommended); Fire extinguisher

 

 
   

Foul Weather Gear; Handheld Shields

Foul Weather Gear; Hand-Held Shields

Foul Weather Gear; Hand-Held Shields

 

 
   

Personal Hydration System

Personal Hydration System

Personal Hydration System

 

 
  Chemical Protective Clothing

Level C PPE suits for entire team

Level C PPE suits for entire team

 

 

 
  Counter-Sniper Equipment

Provided by SWAT Team

(2) Shoulder fired weapons

 

 

 
  Surveillance Equipment

Video equipment capabilities

Video equipment capabilities

Video equipment capabilities

 

 
  Individual Weapons

Department authorized handguns; Duty gear and equipment

Department authorized handguns; Duty gear and equipment

Department authorized handguns; Duty gear and equipment

 

 
  Impact Weapons

Riot Control Batons or approved impact weapon

Riot Control Batons or approved impact weapon

Riot Control Batons or approved impact weapon

 

 
  Miscellaneous Equipment

Bullhorns; Flex Cuffs; Mass Arrest Kits

Bullhorns; Flex Cuffs; Mass Arrest Kits

Bullhorns; Flex Cuffs; Mass Arrest Kits

 

 
  Delivery Systems

Chemical Agents and Delivery Systems; Less lethal munitions and delivery systems

Chemical Agents and Delivery Systems; Less lethal munitions and delivery systems

Chemical Agents and Delivery Systems; Less lethal munitions and delivery systems

 

 
Personnel  

1 OIC
1 Deputy OIC
4 Supervisors
2 Counter Snipers
8 Grenadiers
38 Officers
4 Prison Transportation Officers
1 Field Booking Team Recommended

1 OIC
1 Deputy OIC
4 Supervisors
2 Counter Snipers
8 Grenadiers
38 Officers
4 Prison Transportation Officers

1 OIC
2 Supervisors
1 Counter Sniper
4 Grenadiers
19 Officers
2 Prison Transportation Officers

 

 
Vehicles  

2 Prisoner Transportation Vans
14 Patrol Vehicles

2 Prisoner Transportation Vans
14 Patrol Vehicles

1 Prisoner Transportation Van
7 Patrol Vehicles

 

 
Training  

No known national standard; Law enforcement officer with certified advanced training

No known national standard; Law enforcement officer with certified advanced training

No known national standard; Law enforcement officer with certified advanced training

 

 

Comments:

Type I–A predesignated team consisting of a Type I or a Type II tactical team (platoon) including four 12-person squads and an OIC and a Deputy OIC. Each squad includes a supervisor. The team is capable of managing large-scale operations including managing crowds, traffic control enforcement, and general saturation presence for the purpose of maintaining order and preserving the peace to include CBRN environments. The team engages in routine training to maintain advanced skill level.

Type II–A predesignated team consisting of four 12-person squads and an OIC and a Deputy OIC. Each squad includes a supervisor. The team is capable of managing large crowds, traffic control enforcement, and general saturation presence for the purpose of maintaining order and preserving the peace to include CBRN environments. The team engages in routine training to maintain advanced skill level.

Type III–A nondesignated team consisting of two 12-person squads and an OIC. Each squad includes a supervisor. The team is capable of managing large crowds, traffic control enforcement, and general saturation presence for the purpose of maintaining order and preserving the peace.

Definitions
OIC Officer in Charge
NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
CBRN Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear
Level C PPE Personal Protection Equipment consisting of a non-encapsulated chemical resistant suit with APR
SWAT Special Weapons Assault Team
Platoon Consists of (4) 12-person squads with an OIC (minimum rank of lieutenant) and Deputy OIC (minimum rank of sergeant), each with a driver. Total minimum personnel is 52, with a minimum total of
14 vehicles
Squad An organized element of a platoon consisting of 11 officers and a supervisor (sergeant). 12 total personnel in a minimum of 3 patrol vehicles
Field Booking Team A team of personnel specially trained to respond to field incidents and set up a booking site to facilitate the booking process and transportation of those arrested. The size of the team depends on the nature of the incident
Mass Arrest Kit Kit containing field booking forms, Polaroid or digital camera, flex cuffs, plastic bags for prisoner property, computers, cutting tool for flex cuffs, fingerprint equipment



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