The rules of engagement: A review of the August 2011 disorders

Summary

Following the August 2011 riots, the Home Secretary wrote to HMIC to request “further work to support clearer guidance to forces on the size of deployments, the need for mutual aid, pre-emptive action, public order tactics, the number of officers (including commanders) trained in public order policing and an appropriate arrests policy”.

HMIC found police need to be better prepared, trained and ready to protect the public if they are to improve upon their response to public disorder.

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