Army Techniques Publication ATP 3-39.33 Civil Disturbances April 2014by United States Government US Army
This publication, Army Techniques Publication ATP 3-39.33 Civil Disturbances April 2014, provides discussion and techniques about civil disturbances and crowd control operations that occur in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS). United States (U.S.) forces deploy in support of unified action, overseas contingency… See more details below
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This publication, Army Techniques Publication ATP 3-39.33 Civil Disturbances April 2014, provides discussion and techniques about civil disturbances and crowd control operations that occur in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS). United States (U.S.) forces deploy in support of unified action, overseas contingency operations, and humanitarian assistance worldwide. During these operations, U.S. forces are often faced with unruly and violent crowds who have the intent of disrupting peace and the ability of U.S. forces to maintain peace. Worldwide instability coupled with U.S. military participation in unified-action, peacekeeping, and related operations require that U.S. forces have access to the most current doctrine and techniques that are necessary to quell riots and restore public order.
The principal audience for ATP 3-39.33 is Army commanders and staff elements at all echelons who are tasked with planning and directing civil disturbance missions.
This publication covers a wide array of information that concerns civil disturbances along with the techniques that are used to quell or disperse those who are causing the disturbance. This publication discusses crowd dynamics and human behaviors, crowd types, control force basic equipment requirements, and control force formations. This publication also discusses planning requirements and recommendations and the legalities that are involved with civil disturbances and control forces.
This publication builds on the collective knowledge and wisdom that was gained through recent operations, numerous lessons learned, studies, and the deliberate process of informed reasoning throughout the Army. It is rooted in time-tested principles and fundamentals, while accommodating new technologies, human behavior, and organizational changes.
Summary of the chapters and appendixes:
- Chapter 1 discusses the operational threats in a civil disturbance environment that leaders must understand to effectively combat them. This chapter also includes discussion on civil unrest, crowd dynamics and behavior, and tactics that are used within the various crowd types.
- Chapter 2 addresses planning considerations and tactics that should be used by military units to employ the control force. Areas discussed include graduated response, nonlethal weapons (NLW), and legal considerations.
- Chapter 3 provides recommendations for equipment types and techniques. This chapter focuses on the two primary pieces of equipment for a control force�the riot baton and riot shield. Additional protective equipment is also discussed, including how members of the control force work as a team while using the equipment.
- Chapter 4 focuses on the control force and the different formations that can be utilized for crowd management. This chapter discusses the actions of the control force at different mission phases.
- Chapter 5 addresses civil disturbances within confinement facilities and discusses crowd dynamics in the facility, planning considerations, and control force formations. This chapter also identifies specialized teams within a confinement facility and their purpose.
- Appendix A is a metric conversion chart.
- Appendix B applies the information given in this publication to a generic situation.
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