On July 16, 2014, OCSD’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team conducted its annual Mobile Field Force Training. Mobile Field Force is a statewide concept that involves the formation of large groups of sworn peace officers brought together to deal with unusual situations. Examples of this include earthquakes, floods, fires and civil unrest. This training dealt specifically with civil unrest.
OCSD was fortunate to have been joined by members of the Saddleback College Police Department, Long Beach City College Police Department and the newly created Sheriff’s Special Response Team. The Special Response Team is a concept shared with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where hand selected deputies receive specialized training in Mobile Field Force tactics.
Approximately 250 Sheriff’s Explorers and Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s took part in the training. The class was held at an intense pace with students placed in stressful situations. Volunteers acted as “protesters” who were engaging in various levels of disorder. This type of situation allowed the students to learn how to operate in the often complex environment of civil unrest.
Thank you to all who participated in this important training!
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