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Conflict Command, Planning and Operations

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This chapter is an account given to the author by a professional police leader having a responsibility for dealing with major urban disorder affecting his nation. Police organisations in different states have varying types of police agencies and paramilitary units for dealing with riots and other forms of public disorder. They are described variously, for example, as ‘riot unit’, ‘mobile reserve’, ‘special reserve force’, or ‘special security division’. For the purpose of uniformity, the term ‘tactical support unit’ (TSU) is used in the chapter. Rather than examine the advantages or efficacy of any particular style or method, the chapter concentrates on examining some strategies for, and the principles of, effective command, planning and operations for the proportionate policing of conflicts, disturbances and tensions in accordance with human rights law and principles. Before doing so, it is important to understand the strategies and tactics of adversaries in conflict.

Keywords: non-international armed conflicts; policing internal disturbance; policing internal tension; professional police leader; tactical support unit (TSU); urban guerrilla; war of nerves



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