Riot control refers to strategies, tactics, and operations used by the police, the military, or other security authorities to control, disperse, arrest, or otherwise manage instances of public disorder or civil unrest. The term riot control is commonly used interchangeably with crowd control, crowd management, public order policing, protest policing, civil disorder, disturbance control, and mobile field force, although each of these terms assumes a slightly different meaning depending on the context to which it refers. For instance, the term riot control denotes an elevated response to disorder or civil unrest that deploys a greater degree of force than for crowd management. Put another way, crowd management, public order policing operations, and the policing of protest can all escalate into a full riot control response. ...

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