Public Safety Unit

Members of the Public Safety Unit are called upon to interact with crowds of different sizes and temperaments. Their skills are in crisis resolution and teamwork. Crowd control or crowd management has long been the responsibility of those employed in law enforcement. It is easier to prevent disorder than react to disorder. Theories, methods and tactics used to work with crowds of people are constantly evolving, moving towards a proactive, disorder prevention focus.

General responsibilities of Public Safety Unit members are to maintain close contact with a crowd, protect the lives and property of citizens, protect members of lawful assemblies, assess crowd dynamics, prevent a breach of the peace, identify possible dangers, and manage responses using a minimal amount of force. They receive standardized training and meet regularly to hone their skills.